After a period during which we suspended all training, we are gradually beginning to run courses. We have taken the view that instructing staff in the safe management of behavioural challenges should be considered essential training at this time providing that the risks of undertaking training are less than those of not doing so. This is in accordance with guidance issued by, for example, Skills for Care. With talk of a second wave now being common, we are continuing to restrict our own events to small numbers, having all participants wear masks, utilising gloves as required, and ensuring that all participants regularly and thoroughly wash their hands. Guidance and a health questionnaire for trainers and delegates to complete is available on our trainers’ area and will also be sent out to organisations who request direct care staff training.
As part of our phased return to providing training services, we will prioritise those who have their own training facilities and where risk assessments indicate the urgent need to do so. We will review the governmental information with regard to restrictions and any new public health advice on a weekly basis. Any updates to our plans for a phased return will appear on this webpage. If you’d like to discuss any potential booking please get in touch.
As a care provider, you may have an urgent need to continue to train new recruits if you have your own PBM trainers. If you feel that such training is unavoidable, having balanced the risk of infection against the risk of injury, we would recommend that you also teach in very small groups and ensure that all current personal hygiene recommendations are fully implemented. All participants must also have adequate PPE. Where possible, restricting new staff to low-risk environments would be an alternative and perhaps preferred strategy.
If there is anything that we can do to support you throughout this difficult period outside of the above, then please get in touch.
The latest information on managing COVID-19 (with specific guidance for those working in health and social care) can be found here:
Legal resources, questions & answers provided by The Challenging Behaviour Foundation: Click here.
Information and resources provided by National Autistic Society: Click here