Foundations for Safer Care

Foundations for Safer Care

In every childhood and adolescence, there are periods of challenging behaviour which have to be understood and responded to by caring adults. The children and young people who need specialised placements will have all of the usual challenges that face every child, plus additional difficulties related to their Autism, Learning Difficulty, and those related to living away from their families and their home neighbourhoods.

Under Niall Kelly’s leadership at Young Foundations, the organisation is continually looking for the best ways to support and equip our staff with the skills, knowledge, and confidence that they need in their day to day interactions with the children and young people in our care. This will in turn give the families of the children we care for, and the children themselves, the confidence that staff will not only nurture and encourage them, but also be able to carry out positive management of behaviours that challenge in a manner which is respectful of the rights and needs of each individual child and young person.

Occasionally, the ways in which we help our children and young people may need to involve the use of physical restraint, in order to keep them safe. In searching out good practice, it became clear to Niall that there was nothing available to meet the high standards and philosophy within Young Foundations of putting our children and young people first.

The Foundations of Safer Care model was subsequently developed to meet this overarching aim.

How does the model link with the overall philosophy of Young Foundations?

It is very much an exemplar of the ethos of our organisation, and links with and complements our organisational policies including safeguarding, with an approach towards handling that is both positive and protective.

How does it work?

The Foundations for Safer Care model comprises a package of resources for each member of staff to access and use, following completion of an in depth three day training course. This is delivered to all new members of staff, with a mandatory follow up refresher one day course every twelve months.

How the training is delivered?

Training consists of a three day programme for all new staff, with a mandatory one day refresher session every twelve months for existing staff. The training package covers an overview of the legislation and guidance; risk awareness around use of restraints, related equality issues; and visual aids to demonstrate the use of techniques that may safely be used, and the scenarios in which the potential necessity for their usage may arise.

What are the strengths of the training course?

Visual aids are core to the strength and success of the training programme, and form part of the resource pack presented to staff on completion of the course. This is allied with the expertise and knowledge of the three trainers, who work together to deliver a structured course that draws upon their own extensive experience and encourages practical input from those undertaking the course.

Does the model meet statutory requirements?

Yes. It complies with guidance set out by the Department of Health, and with relevant legislation.

Has the model been awarded national accreditation?

Young Foundations is working towards accreditation by British Institute for Learning Disabilities (BILD), and the Restraint Reduction Network (RRN). Updates will appear on this page.

Is the course accredited for use in evidence of professional development?

Yes. All staff completing the course are awarded a certificate to use in evidence of their professional development.

How much does the training cost?

Costs are broadly comparable with other approaches, and include provision of a resource pack for staff to reference following completion of the course. Please use the contact form below to find out the costs involved in delivering Foundations for Safer Care to your organisation.

  1. Please click here to download the Foundations for Safer Care Training Information Sheet SEN Policy

For more information about this key policy area, how it relates to other organisational policies including safeguarding, and how it could also benefit your organisation, please contact Young Foundations on 01244 915002, or email