Law Restraint Children


Physically restraining a child or young person is far more than simply placing your hands onto the child to prevent them from causing harm to themselves, others or serious damage to property.

This criteria comes from various pieces of legislation and government guidance yet what exactly does this really mean when you put it into the context of use of force and legislation that places a duty of care to keep everyone safe?

There are too many training providers who signpost to legislation and guidance via powerpoint but do not go into the fine details of how this can affect children, young people, staff and organisations alike, leaving the expectation that it all makes sense and staff are trained to make decisions that ultimately might not be a lawful action. 

If restraint is not done correctly and for the right reasons within the legal framework all organisations and staff have to follow, a liability could exist which could possibly lead to prosecution even imprisonment  for negligence should a child, young person or other get injured or worst case scenario a death occurs due to an unlawful restraint.


Children and young people are some of the most vulnerable in our society and there is a great risk that staff could make a decision which unknowingly and unintentionally puts the child or young person, themselves and others at risk.

Interestingly, one of the main points to come out of the law courses we provide is the number of staff that on reflection are honest enough to say that they believed they were doing right but they now realise that many of the restraints they have been involved in were not lawful.

The realisation for organisation and staff that they acted outside of the law is a very real one and one that potentially could lead to breaches of a persons human rights, common law, health and safety legislation and more.

Many restraints might never have taken place had staff been more informed and able to better risk assess a situation.  Having the skill to apply a risk reduction and assessment tool designed to reduce risk and based around the legislative criteria and fundamental principles of our legal system, helps lessen the need to physically intervene.


Every organisation and staff member working with children and young people would benefit greatly from this enhanced knowledge and we at PCT are here to offer you the opportunity to develop these important skills.

The benefits of training staff to understand the Law and Use of Force:

  • Your staff are better equipped to make difficult decisions at times when children and young people need help, support and encouragement.

  • Your staff will have a greater understanding of their responsibilities and will be in a better position to make informed decisions when managing agression and violence in the work place.

  • This training will help to reduce the need for restraint, ultimately make the environment safer for the children, young people and staff.

PCT underlying principle will always be to help, support and encourage children, young people and staff to be safe.


If you believe you could benefit from the PCT law course on use of force with children and young people, contact us using the link provided or call direct.