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?