Physical interventions, the use of direct or indirect force through bodily, physical or mechanical means to limit another person’s movement


We should always consider the use of physical interventions as a last resort and there should be few occasions when its use is necessary.  Specifically,  you may have to use a physical intervention for the safety and security of someone or, on more rare occasions property.  You should only consider using physical interventions to prevent a greater harm being caused and you don’t have any other viable option.  In other words, you have either tried other options already and they have failed or, you have decided not to use them as they are likely to fail given the circumstances

By the same token we will only train you, or your staff in the use of physical interventions if there is an identified training need.  Therefore, within your working environment, your use, or potential use of physical interventions can be evidenced as necessary,and the training is justifiable

Physical interventions can be categorised as

Defensive physical skills

A defensive physical skill is a skill which is used to protect yourself from an assault


Non restrictive interventions

Non restrictive interventions is using a level of force whilst allowing the other person a greater freedom of movement. In essence, the other person is able to move away from you if they want to. Examples of non restrictive interventions include you:

- being able to disengage from a grip or a grab to your clothing or wrist
- guiding an individual from one place to another
- turning or redirecting them from an area of danger

Restrictive interventions

Restrictive interventions is using a level of force to limit the other person's freedom of movement. For instance, through using bodily contact, a mechanical restraint or, an environmental control such as a barrier. As a result, the other person is not given the freedom to move away, even if they want to. There are two forms of restrictive intervention.

Low level restrictive.

These are restrictive interventions which are sufficient to limit, and contain a person's their freedom of movement through using lower levels of force. An example would be stopping a confused, disorientated person from hurting themselves by containing a flailing arm

Highly restrictive.

Highly restrictive interventions severely restrict a person's freedom of movement. To illustrate, a police officer might need to use a highly restrictive intervention whilst detaining an arrested person.

There are times where staff may need to use a physical intervention for their, or someone else’s safety and security.  These should be rare occurrences.  Most of the time, we can successfully manage difficult situations using positive alternatives.  These alternatives will include primary or preventative strategies – training; work practice; and leadership and, secondary or, response strategies such as excellent communication skills, team working etc.

Our aim is to reduce the use of workplace physical interventions to the absolute minimum.  Therefore, we actively promote the continual and consistent use of positive alternatives.

Our commitment to you

To summarise,

Firstly, Maybo Limited licence us to deliver these physical interventions courses

  • Maybo’s Security Industry Authority (SIA) physical interventions programmes are the preferred choice of most major security, event and venue operators

Second, we deliver ethical and morally defensible training solutions, using only sector competent, experienced trainers

  • We will confirm that these training programmes are right for you by completing training need analysis

Finally, throughout all of our training, we reinforce the need for delegates to look for positive alternatives to using physical interventions

So, contact us using the form on this page, tell us your needs and we will do the rest or, use the links to return to the home or training pages to select further options.

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