PRICE - Protecting Rights in a Caring Environment
As one of the first organisations to pioneer positive approaches to behaviour support training over 20 years ago, PRICE training leads the way in ensuring that organisations and individuals have the skills needed to keep themselves and those in their care safe. Our training is accredited by the British Institute of Learning Disabilities (BILD) and delivered across a wide range of organisations such as, children’s homes, education settings, fostering agencies, health settings and adult services.
Our Positive Approaches to Behaviour Support training is designed to help staff manage physically-challenging behaviour in the least restrictive way, focusing heavily on de-escalation and diversion techniques. Our approach ensures course participants fully acknowledge the rights of those they care for and only consider physical restraint as a last resort.
Our philosophy is based on the belief that workers benefit greatly from having the knowledge, skills and understanding which enable them to understand behaviour and recognise when behaviour is likely to escalate. That knowledge can enable workers to defuse behaviour in such a way as to minimise the risk of harm or injury to service user or staff. It also focuses around the importance of restoring both the environment and relationships immediately after an incident.
PRICE Training was initially created in response to the Department of Health’s growing concerns about the safety and welfare of looked after children and young people, particularly in relation to how behaviour was physically managed in residential establishments.
A team of professional practitioners from a range of disciplines developed a series of physical techniques that could safely work in a child-care environment. Brian Nicholson, who worked for the Control and Restraint National Centre (Prison Service), collaborated with the Department of Health to develop a range of physical techniques that could safely work in a child-care environment. He worked with colleagues across a range of professional disciplines and collectively they pieced together the PRICE Training model.
The PRICE training model was one of the first in the field designed to comply with changes in legislation, and the work that formed the backbone of our approach can now be seen in other systems.
In addition to the restraint techniques, a value base was established alongside a set of good practice principles that underpin our training. Whilst our programmes evolve to take account of evidence-based research and changes to models of best practice, our fundamental value base remains the same.