Restraint Training for Schools in Ireland

  • Irish Legislation
  • Best Practice Guidance
  • De-Escalation Strategies
  • Appropriate Holding Skills

Create safe classrooms and safeguard children.

Dynamis delivers training for your team (both online and in-person) which covers the specific topics required to carry out Positive Handling in Irish Schools.

Schools in Ireland who have benefitted from our training:

  • St Patricks National School, Cork City
  • St Pauls Special School, Cork City
  • Scoil Eanna, Cork City
  • St Olivers N.S. Co. Kerry
  • Kilcoole Primary School, Co. Wicklow
  • St Patricks National School, Stamullen, Co. Meath
  • Loreto Primary School, Dalkey, Co. Dublin
  • Duleek Boy’s National School, Co. Meath
  • De-Escalation
  • Managing Behaviour
  • Duty of Care
  • Balancing Risk 
  • Dept Education Guidance
  • Best Practice
  • Common Scenarios

Our  training covers a variety of the most common scenarios which staff in school face when they must deal with behaviour or risk, and gives straight answers to frequently asked questions.

Should I ever attempt to restrain a child by myself?

What is good practice if I see two children fighting?

Should I remove a child who is climbing on top of bookcases?

What can we do about children who 'lose it' suddenly in a classroom?

“The Department of Education and Skills should issue clear guidelines to schools regarding realistic and appropriate measures to be taken to contain children during episodes of violent behaviour. These guidelines should be based on evidence of international best practice in working with children with severe emotional and behavioural difficulties and should specifically address when it is appropriate for teachers and SNAs to use restraint and a time-out room.”

Teresa Griffin*

CEO, National Council for Special Education :: An Chomhairle Náisiúnta um Oideachas Speisialta (2012) 

 * NCSE does not endorse any single provider, methodology or system of training and has no opinion in relation to the provision of this training.

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Gerard O'Dea //  Director of Training

Welcome to our Positive Handling and Positive Behaviour training offering, which has since 2006 represented the cutting-edge of verbal and physical interventions training for thousands of schools across the country.

Our values include treating every person with dignity by showing them respect and making it safer for everyone, verbally wherever we can and physically only if we must.

I hope you will explore the different options we have created for you to access our cutting-edge courses, offering you the very best quality training and advice for your team who look after the most vulnerable children in our communities.

Gerard O'Dea

How is Dynamis Positive Handling training different?

As a pioneer in using online training for positive handling we understand how to get the best out of this format, for your busy school and your in-demand staff!

Uniquely flexible to your needs

With no less than 5 different formats for each course we deliver, we work hard to fit into your schedule, your budget and your work - your partner in behaviour management and positive handling.

 dedicated to authentic learning

Through our collaboration with Loughborough University faculty, we design and deliver training which has the highest degree of transfer to your working environment.

trauma-informed and responsive

Through our partnership with NATP we are committed to being trauma-aware as a team and our problem-solving approach recognises 'all behaviour has meaning'.


Your staff need skills and knowledge which will help you with YOUR specific children and behaviours, so our approach is focused on solving YOUR positive handling issues. See SCENA for more information.


Online/Blended or Full In-Person Training Options:


Flexible Restraint Training for Schools in Ireland

One Full Day:   For schools who can set aside the time, this option gives your staff the most practice time and question/answer time with the trainers about the decision-making framework for physical interventions.  Assimilation of the legal ‘rules’ and long-term retention of the physical skills is best with this duration of contact time.  Be aware though that In-Service days are often booked LONG in advance!  It is prudent to consider the Twilight options below also.

*For Schools who look after children with complex needs, additional days of training may be required, for example more in-depth Conflict Communication and Crisis TrainingBreakaway Training or more comprehensive Restraint Interventions training.

Half Day or Twilight sessions:  We are finding that many schools want the training as soon as possible, without needing to book a full In-Service day.   This convenient Half-day or Twilight option blends online learning with an in-person training session and can be booked on any convenient date.

Your team are engaged by pre-course study of 4 Units of our highly-developed Decision-Making Framework using our online learning system.  Our trainer then visits with you to complete the training with Q&A and physical skills development, taking about 3 hours in the AM, PM or Twilight, at a time which is convenient and expedient for you.

Additional Staff:  Schools can add as many learners as necessary to either of the above programmes, extending to whole-school if needed, by prior arrangement.

Popular and Proven for Positive Handling

Our Positive Handling training reduces injury risk, improves inspection compliance and safeguards staff, children and your school’s reputation.

We are an Institute of Conflict Management (ICM) Quality Award Centre (#2201) for the delivery of conflict and interventions training.

We achieve this using a robust Positive Handling decision-making framework based on all the relevant legislation and National Guidance for Positive Handling, coupled with a modern, pragmatic approach to the holding and containment of children whose behaviour might harm themselves or others.

We deliver a relevant Positive Handling training course for your team at your school or service, on dates of your convenience.

  • Best-Practice Guidance on the Restraint of Chidren, endorsed by 3 government departments/agencies
  • Duty of care under Irish Health and Safety law in regard to incidents of safety at work
  • The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005
  • Legal rights and powers under Irish law to use force with a child to stop them harming themselves or others
  • The Non-Fatal Offences against the Person Act 1997
  • The risks inherent in physical interventions and how to avoid them or minimise them
  • How to write a professional incident report articulating correct decision-making

  • Once your team understands their legislative position and the best-practice guidance relevant for restraint training for schools in Ireland, we will explore appropriate and effective methods for school staff to use in managing challenging behaviour which carried the risk of serious harm:

    • Verbalisation strategies (in brief) for gaining compliance and de-escalation
    • How to safely approach, prompt and escort a child from place to place
    • How to gain control of a child who is at risk of harming themselves or others (lashing out)
    • How to hold and immobilise a child during the de-escalation process
    • Protection from Biting, Kicking and Spitting during the holding period
    • Standing, Seated and Kneeling variations for the control of different scenarios
    • Self-Protection and Disengagement method for high-risk scenarios

    The two key elements of positive handling


    KNOWLEDGE and THEORY elements.

    Your staff are guided through 12 key decision-making factors which are fundamental to good practice in the area of Positive Handling. This Online Learning component may be particularly helpful for schools who have unnecessarily booked Whole-School training in the past.


    Our trainer will then lead your staff through the verbal models for conflict communications and the physical Positive Handling tactics they may need at the higher levels of risk in practical sessions where repetition and embedding the skills is our aim.

    The Learning Outcomes for our Positive Handling Courses

    Your staff will explore and develop an understanding of:

    ✔ Health and Safety provisions for managing safety in the school workplace (Duty of Care).

    ✔ Department of Education Guidance on “The use of Reasonable Force with pupils” for Positive Handling

    ✔ Definitions of Powers from Education & Inspection Act Section 93 for the use of restraint and Positive Handling

    ✔ Communications De-Escalation Principles for Common Positive Handling Scenarios in Schools.

    ✔ Practical risk-reduction to protect and safeguard school staff and their pupils during Positive Handling

    ✔ Importance of Positive Behaviour Support plans and Positive Handling Plans for pupils

    ✔ The risks inherent in Restraint/Positive Handling interventions and how to reduce or avoid them.

    ✔ Positive Handling Control, Escort and Restraint Techniques for Non-Harmful Control of Children and Young People

    World-class client feedback

    Our client and learner satisfaction surveys have consistently been extrmely positive, even as we have grown to be an ever-more popular provider of Positive Handling and De-Escalation training.  Watch the video to learn about our most recent results!

    Dynamis is a Quality Award Centre with the ICM, a recognised accrediting body in the U.K. for workplace training in the prevention and management of workplace violence, assuring you of our quality and commitment to standards.

    Dynamis is the premier European Partner for Vistelar, a global consulting organisation covering training across the entire spectrum of human conflict. Vistelar's methodology stretches back over 25 years in successfully resolving conflict.

    Dynamis employs SCENA - a cutting-edge approach to training design and delivery which is scenario-driven and task-focussed, making your scenarios into the curriculum, ensuring that your training meets the needs of your staff and the children you look after.