This week sees a new change in the law to give homeowners more of a defence if they wake up to find a burglar in their home. Yet these very same homeowners, who the law is now committed to protecting further, are sold short while at work – a place where they are more likely to be confronted by someone with the potential to harm them.
You will have possibly seen the news item on the policewoman who is suing a garage owner after she tripped on a kerbstone whilst responding to a 999 call in relation to a suspected burglary. To read more go to: http://www.nfps.info/_blog/NFPS_Blog/post/Call_The_Police_and_They_Will_Sue_You/
Becoming a Physical Restraint or Self-Defence Trainer for some is just a matter of finding a course – any course – and basing a decision on price and location so that they can get trained and start running courses. Yet this is possibly a very short-sighted approach to becoming involved in a very litigious and legally complex area of work, and one that can catch up on you if you if you are not fully prepared.
For example, how prepared are you if someone you train tries to sue you for £Thousands for an alleged injury that they say they received on your training course? Are you prepared for years of uncertainty and worry? Could you demonstrate that you undertook a risk assessment that was done to a ‘suitable and sufficient’ standard and that you did everything that was ‘reasonably practicable’ to minimise the risk? Do you understand what the definitions of the words ‘suitable and sufficient’ and ‘reasonably practicable’ mean in health and safety terms? Have you had any formal training in how to do risk assessments? Do you have a safe system of work that you can evidence to a court to demonstrate that you manage your training safely? Do you know what paperwork you should complete as part of that safe system of work and how long you should keep it for?
Following on from the Court of Appeal ruling in the case of the Autistic Teenager who won £28,000 in damages against the Met Police for a ‘brutal restraint’ I can imagine many people’s negative opinions of restraint equipment being re-enforced, quite rightly so in the case involving the young teenager.
However, there is still a need for such equipment, especially and specifically when we consider the safety and welfare of vulnerable people in our society, and especially if we consider the risks associated with prolonged restraint and the need to act in the best interest of vulnerable people consistent with the various pieces of legislation in relation to best interest criteria, safeguarding and the duty of care owed. To read more click here: http://www.nfps.info/_blog/NFPS_Blog/post/The_Use_of_Restraint_Equipment_and_Least_Intrusive_Intervention/
The manager of a coalmine in south Wales where four men died after it flooded has been charged with gross negligence manslaughter, the Crown Prosecution Service has announced. This is the fifth prosecution to be brought under the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 since the legislation was introduced and the manager of the mine, Malcolm Fyfield, is also facing charges on four counts of gross-negligence manslaughter.
To read more click here: http://www.nfps.info/_blog/NFPS_Blog/post/Fifth_Corporate_Manslaughter_Prosecution_in_Progress/
The new BTEC level 3 Online Course – the BTEC Level 3 Unit Certificate Course in Law and Risk Management in Relation to Reasonable Force is being very well received by those who have signed up and who are using it. Here’s some of the messages message that we have received since we launched the course on Thursday:
“Hi Mark, Impressed with the course details you sent over to do with the law etc. Cannot wait to complete the course.”
“Mate! This is outstanding!!! Just logged in and had a play around…its brilliant!”
If you’d like to see more about this course before we close registration then please go to: http://www.nfps.info/btec-level-3-law or http://understanidng-reasonable-force.kajabi.com/sp/15295-understanding-reasonable-force-sales-page.
We are delighted to announce that we are now offering a BTEC Level 3 Award Certificate in The Law & Risk Management in Relation to Reasonable Force.
The Unit is intended for people who need to demonstrate a formal understanding of the law in relation to the use of physical force, and also how health and safety legislation should be implemented when planning and running physical skills training courses. It is ideal for anyone who may need to instruct or to use and justify a use of force response option as part of their employed role.
This BTEC Level 3 Unit Certificate has major benefits for any of you who need to have a proper qualification in this area, such as those of you working in the maritime security industry as identified in the ‘Use of Force’ Section in the ‘Interim Guidance for UK Flagged Shipping on the Use of Armed Guards to Defend Against the Threat of Piracy in Exceptional Circumstances‘. This certificate will satisfy the requirement in Section 8, particularly as it now includes the latest models and guidance used by the courts when justifying the use of reasonable force.
This Unit Certificate will provide you with evidence of learning at a Level 3 National Vocational Level which has to be of major benefit to you if you are ever challenged about a use of force situation or the quality or competency of the advice, guidance and instruction that you may be giving in that area.