Safeguarding Schools across the Scottish Borders and Beyond

Whilst UNISON survey exposes ‘shocking’ levels of violence in Borders schools, are things any different in your area? 85 per cent of respondents reported experiencing/witnessing slapping or punching – that figure rose to 88 per cent regarding kicking incidents. More than 55 per cent of respondents said they experienced violence multiple times a week. In recent months, the Scottish Borders … Read more

Red Card…Your Banned!

QMC recorded 1,800 incidents of aggression, violence and harassment during 2022-23. Notting University Hospital recorded 1,806 incidents. Staff have been hit, spat at, threatened, verbally and racially abused. What are some of the main triggers for the abuse of staff: Treating drunks Rival gangs People high on drugs People with mental health problems Homeless people, seeking a place of warmth … Read more

I’m Not In Charge, So Not My Problem

I was reading several news articles related to inquests, where several things stood out.  In one case, a point that particularly caught my attention was that when asked about the ‘assumption the two-security staff working on the night of incident had been trained in physical intervention’, the person replied “yes”. Assume…you know what you get when you break down the … Read more

How The Great British Post Office Scandal (and Others) Can Affect You

I am sure that you are aware of the Great British Post Office Scandal. It has been described by the Criminal Cases Review Commission as “the most widespread miscarriage of justice ever seen and represents the biggest single series of wrongful convictions in British legal history”. The Post Office is owned by the Government and it is a unique institution … Read more

Workplace Safety – Whose Responsibility?

In today’s dynamic and hectic work environments, ensuring the health and safety of employees must be of paramount importance for employers. The Health & Safety Executive previously produced data in 2020 that outlined the prevalence of aggression and violence affecting businesses and workforces across the UK. Approximately 688,000 incidents of aggression and violence were reported in the workplace in England … Read more

Are You Interested in Our Next Quantum Thinking, Meditation Mindfulness and NLP Workshop?

Join us for a transformative two days of exploration and self-discovery at this Quantum Thinking, Mindfulness Meditation & NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) Workshop. Led by Mark Dawes with other guest experienced instructors, this workshop offers a unique opportunity to tap into your inner wisdom and enhance your overall well-being. Throughout the day, you’ll learn practical techniques to quiet the mind, cultivate … Read more

Becoming a Self-Defence Trainer

Are you passionate about personal safety and helping others gain the confidence to avoid potentially threatening situations or protect themselves, if necessary? Becoming a self-defence trainer could be the perfect career path for you. In this article, we’ll explore how to become a self-defence trainer, whether self-teaching is a viable option, the terminology for someone who teaches self-defence, and the … Read more

Unveiling The Physiological Reactions to The Anticipation of Danger

In a world where survival has always been paramount, our bodies have evolved intricate mechanisms to respond to threats and dangers. When faced with violence and aggression, our ancient survival instincts kick in, triggering a cascade of physiological reactions. From the release of a complex chemical cocktail to the activation of the well-known fight, flight, or freeze response, our bodies … Read more

Understanding Physical Intervention: Techniques and Training

Physical intervention plays a critical role in various sectors, including healthcare, education, security and other work-related sectors. It involves the use of techniques to manage potentially dangerous situations and ensure the safety of all parties involved. In this article, we will delve into the concept of physical intervention, explore examples of its application, discuss the main types of physical intervention, … Read more

The Digital Arena: Why Consistent Social Media Engagement is Essential for Conflict Management & Physical Intervention and Self-Defence Trainers

In our contemporary digital age, every profession is finding its space online, carving a niche amidst billions of bytes of data. Trainers specialising in conflict management, physical intervention, self-defence and restraint reduction are no exception. The digital revolution has provided an extraordinary platform, namely social media, that these trainers can harness to enhance their reach, reputation, and results. But the … Read more