This blog is written by Gerard O’Dea, Director of Training for Dynamis and European Adviser for Verbal Defense and Influence. Key issues in Positive Handling are addressed, recent legal cases involving schools, parents or children are examined and the experiences of our team in delivering Positive Handling training around the country are shared. For further information, please visit the Dynamis Training main site.
Doing our homework on your special school Our team often visit with special schools to work with staff who are seeing increased risk in their work with children who have behavioural and emotional difficulties. The session is heavily customised for their higher-risk...read more
" Training is often VERY detailed and complex; what made the Dynamis training different - and better! - was that it was simple and clear. There wasn't too much to remember and it was all taught and set within a framework of common sense and the practical day-to-day...read more
Restraint Interventions and Handling for Schools in Ireland - Feedback from 2018 courses. Our team visited a number of schools in Ireland at the end of August to deliver tailored and customised Positive Handling training, localised for the legal issues and...read more
I felt this was relevant to Early years Practice with a clear focus on de escalation as core purpose with physical intervention being a last resort.
Thanks to Gerard for making the training very bespoke to our school needs. Extremely likely to recommend to colleagues in the sector.
— Nursery School Manager, Birmingham, July 2018
Gerard is extremely professional and knowledgeable, ensuring excellent health and safety at all times. The online training provided a thorough introduction siting many relevant legal documentation. This will be most helpful in guiding us with the update of specific policies.
Assistant Headteacher – Kent – 2017
Positive Handling in London Dynamis Training has been providing highly popular, tailored and appropriate training courses for Positive Handling in London for several years. Our trainers regularly visit Newham, and travel from Hackney to Haringey, or from Bromley to...read more
Drunk Mum Banned From School After Biting A Teacher A mum who bit her child's teacher after arriving at the school drunk has been given a restraining order banning her from the school grounds. Kelly Kociela, 32, from Bristol, tried to push her way into Filton Avenue...read more
Question: Is it okay to lift and carry a child who is being restrained from one location to another? www.positivehandling.co.uk RISKS OF LIFTING AND CARRYING A CHILD DURING A PHYSICAL INTERVENTION There are many issues to be considered as the risks are very...read more
I did wonder to myself how could this possibly be an all day course. I was pleasantly surprised at how much we needed to know. I found the whole day very good and was keen to learn the new skills shown throughout the day.
Deputy DSL – Surrey – 2018
The trainer was very knowledgeable and professional. It was delivered at the right pitch for us all to take it seriously and practice the holds, but to also enjoy the course and feel comfortable with everything. I found the course very informative and I am sure it will prove useful within my role.
Teaching Assistant – Hounslow – 2017