OFSTED AND PHYSICAL INTERVENTIONS
Points raised by an FOI request sent to OFSTED from the National Federation for Personal Safety:
THE COMPETENCE OF OFSTED INSPECTORS TO PROVIDE GUIDANCE ON PHYSICAL INTERVENTIONS:
1. Ofsted inspectors are not trained in restraint techniques. An official communication from 8th May 2013 from OFSTED states that “they [inspectors] are not expected to assess the training that a provider [of care] chooses to commission”.
2. Ofsted do train their inspectors on the ‘use of force’, including restraint and the restriction of liberty, but Ofsted do not hold a document which could be considered to be ‘the training programme’.
3. This training in point 2 above lasts for between 2 to 3 hours, and as they have supplied copies of the powerpoint training slides, the presumption is that the training is classroom or online based. A copy of the slides used can be downloaded here: Ofsted Powerpoint Training Slides.
4. There are no assessment requirements, therefore no degree of competency is required by Ofsted inspectors in this area.
5. Yet Ofsted inspectors are then expected to go and inspect care homes and schools, many of whose staff will have had longer training programmes (2-3 days as opposed to 2-3 hours), with physical training and formal assessment requirements, that require a pass in both areas.
6. These inspectors also have the authority and power to make subjective decisions and recommendations, based on nothing more than their own interpretation of the relevant regulations and standards. These subjective decisions and recommendations are seemingly based on (in relation to restraint and the use of force) an incomplete and incompetent standard of training and assessment that the inspectors themselves get and that can result in major negative consequences for the homes and schools involved.
7. In addition, which is far outside of their scope and degree of competency, some inspectors have even been known to ‘recommend’ that homes and schools only use ‘BILD Accredited’ Training Providers’ which is way outside of their scope. In fact Ofsted and CQC cannot make that recommendation and are not allowed to do so. The decision and responsibility for that choice has to rest with the employer. To read more about BILD Accreditation click here:
BILD AND PHYSICAL INTERVENTIONS
The position of the BILD Physical Interventions Accreditation Scheme in relation to the selection of training providers:
THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH NO LONGER RECOGNISES BILD AS REQUIRED ACCREDITATION:
BILD are a private company which is not government-mandated to run a physical interventions accreditation scheme. The scheme it runs offers accreditation to organisations that wish to adopt BILD’s own code of practice.
BILD and its own Code of Practice are not endorsed by the Department of Health nor CQC nor Skills for Care and are only mentioned in their documentation as “an example only”.
The documents that BILD Physical Interventions Accreditation Scheme is mentioned in are also, according to the DoH and CQC: “out of date” or “no longer in circulation”. Therefore, the Government Department that mentions BILD as “an example only” does so only in a document that is nearly ten years old and, in their own words, “out of date”.
The real issue here is that you are responsible for the training that you commission for your organisation. Therefore, our best professional advice to you is to do your own due diligence by asking the right questions, so as to get the right answers.
Do not rely purely on whether a system is ‘accredited’ or not. What is most important is whether it enables people to be competent in that area (as required under Health and Safety law).
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