I have specialised in the use of force in schools or secure custody settings since 1990. Our training focuses on managing down the use of force, if it is required, and ensuring that it is legally defendable whilst establishing safe systems of work to protect staff and children from foreseeable risk and harm. So why are staff now being arrested for using force on children or placing them in seclusion areas? This article covers the key points on this issue.
Suicide by hanging is the act of intentionally killing oneself via suspension from an anchor point or ligature point by a ligature, or by falling from a height with a noose around the neck. The materials required are easily available and attempts are successful in at least 70% of cases. Many attempts leave the victim with life-changing disabilities.
Follow this link to find out more about how to prevent this situation and how to deal with it when it does occur.
Full details of Joanne Caffrey’s and Total Train Ltd’s expertise, services and training can be found in this document. Topics include:
Expert Witness, Calming/Isolation Rooms in Schools, Managing Challenging Behaviour, Tactical Communication & De Escalation Skills, Managing Ligature Risks, Stop Search & Confiscate, Safer Management of and Administration of Medication in Schools and Nurseries, Safeguarding.
It doesn't matter whether you work in the education, care or custody sectors, there may well be an occasion when you are faced with an individual who responds to a situation with foreseeable behaviours.
In her article Foreseeable Risk published by Forensic & Expert Witness Magazine, Joanne Caffrey outlines the needs for suitable performance and training needs analysis, suitable and sufficient training in line with this analysis and the creation of person-centred Behaviour & Care Plans.
Foreseeable Risk is available in e-booklet format by following the link, or as a pdf to download HERE. It draws on Joanne's thirty years of accumulated knowledge about challenging behaviour which now receives national acclaim in her consultancy and court appearances as an Expert Witness.
Total Train is pleased to announce that Joanne Caffrey was recently presented with the 2018 Expert Witness Award for outstanding legal services to safer custody by the Federation of Forensic & Expert Witness agency.
We have prepared a short presentation looking at the risks for staff and service users if the age difference between the person restraining and the restrained person is significant. Watch the video from our YouTube site HERE.
Training and qualifying to become an expert witness in your field of expertise is a lengthy process. Joanne Caffrey's efforts are being rewarded by being recognised by the Federation of Forensic & Expert Witnesses who have featured her on the front page and profiled her in this month's magazine. The article about her work can be found HERE.
Joanne Caffrey's evidence stands up in Court
Over the Easter holidays I was in a London Coroner's Court as the Expert Witness in a case of the death of a person during a restraint. A jury sat over the case and four legal teams were present; one representing the family of the deceased and three representing the staff and organisations involved in the incident.
Time out, calming, safe, blue, and seclusion rooms - good intentions can become abusive practice. A growing number of schools and care settings are implementing 'calming rooms' or 'safe rooms'. The intention of the room is good BUT there are issues that schools and care settings need to consider in order to avoid opening themselves up to allegations of false imprisonment and abuse.
In January 2018 a Kent teacher (Mr T) was found guilty of professional misconduct against a child following an incident which had occurred in November 2016. The findings against him included the fact Mr T said to the disruptive teenager "I don't care if I get sent to prison. I'll knock your ****ing lights out".
A mouth search can be performed by police with consent, but swallowing a package is a medical emergency.
I have recently had a couple of enquiries concerning the powers of the police to search the mouths of people on the streets for suspected drugs offences. I have therefore produced this five minute information video explaining in what circumstances police officers can look inside of the mouth of a person. Click HERE for video.
In the last 12 months I have worked on 18 legal cases concerning challenging behaviour in custody and schools, where either staff or the service users have been injured. Some died. All 18 cases contain an allegation for failures under the Health & Safety at Work Act for failures with assessment of risk and suitable and sufficient control measures to eliminate or minimise that risk.
When someone accuses you of “breaching the rules”, what exactly have you breached? Is it the law or is it their training package / assessment sheet? Understanding the difference can prevent a lot of unnecessary expenditure and protocol, diverting you from correctly identifying legal obligations and risk.
In the interests of justice, if a vulnerable person is a suspect, witness or victim then it is essential that Appropriate Adults are used correctly and that they understand their role as an Appropriate Adult, otherwise, the information a vulnerable person gives could potentially incriminate themselves of an offence they did not commit or incriminate another person of an offence they did not commit AND / OR allow guilty parties to evade justice.