Doug Melia

Director, Safer Handling

Pupil Restraint in Schools – What is Reasonable Force?

Doug Melia

Director, Safer Handling

11.50 – 12.20

Within this concise legal briefing on the use of force with children and young people, expert Doug Melia breaks down and simplifies the following taboos:

  • What should a policy on the use of reasonable force look like?
  • What exactly is reasonable force?
  • Powers and duties – advising your staff on their rights and responsibilities
  • How to source training and perform due diligence on the providers you select to choose from
  • What exactly does ‘accredited’ mean?
  • Promoting a culture of restraint reduction
  • Logistics of managing smaller children
  • Reporting and recording your actions – what is a non-delegable duty of care?

Delegates will also receive FREE access to Safer Handling online to complete the online legal briefing and receive a CPD accredited certificate.

Doug’s biog:

Doug Melia has worked across a variety of challenging settings with children and adults, which adds experience to his presentations. Doug is a registered Expert Witness on the use of force, health and safety consultant and a Director of multiple international training organisations that reduce restrictive interventions & which promote safer ways for humans to hold other humans.

To date his work has taken him to Australian Juvenile training centres, the work he has done with the forensic services in Sydney was mentioned in a coronial inquest by Justice Health, he works training officers on cruise ships, refugee camps, at Police training centres and in Dutch penitentiaries. For the last fifteen his core business Safer Handling have delivered INSET sessions to schools.

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