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.
Joanne's latest article in Expert Witness Journal covers dealing with service users who bite, scratch or spit. It's unpleasant, distressing and can lead to mental and physical ill health on both sides.
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.
We are often asked about situations when children or adult service users bite or spit at staff. It is often seen as a minor, but unpleasant, part of dealing with a bigger episode of challenging behaviour and staff are unsure how to respond.
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.