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Use of Reasonable Force

Whilst the use of reasonable force in schools should be seen as a last resort in handling a serious incident, this course explains when and how it may be used.

Course description
All school staff hope that they won’t have to use reasonable force, but as they have a duty of care towards their pupils, some situations may leave them with little choice. It is important to understand the circumstances when reasonable force may be used, and when it is not acceptable.

The main objectives for this course are:

  • Understand what reasonable force is and who can use it.
  • Learn when reasonable force can be used.
  • Understand what happens in situations when reasonable force has been used.
  • Identify good practice about incidents involving reasonable force.