Why we need to understand the reasons why some techniques don’t work and why some staff over-react during restraint situations.
I recently received a report about a restraint incident where a member of staff during the restraint hit the person being restrained and told them to shut the f*** up. This was because the person being restrained bit into the member of staffs arm. Post the restraint the member of staff was suspended from work whilst an investigation took place under child protection procedures.
I can also recall a dynamic pressurised training scenario a while ago where two very large male police officers were attempting to physically control a smaller and slightly built female instructor. During the scenario the female instructor said; “your hurting me” to which one of the two men replied; “if you don’t stop struggling I’ll break your f****** arm”.
From one perspective it would seem that such behaviour is unacceptable, especially from staff expected to be ‘professional’ and ‘caring’ in their approach to dealing with situations of high arousal, and particularly if the staff had been given training in how they should react and how they should behave.
So why would this occur? Why would staff hit and swear at a restrained person and why would two large, and supposedly well-trained police officers threaten to break a small females arm?
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