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4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent non-academic overview for frontline staff
This book achieves its aim well. The author Mark Dawes states in his introduction that "this book has been written to give you an insight into what physical intervention actually is and the legalities and liabilities in this area". As such it succeeds in giving an overview, with reasonably comprehensive examples and references, of the various types of statutory...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Proceed with caution
I was somewhat disappointed with this book. It does not give a balanced discussion of the issues relating to physical intervention, but reads as a lengthy sales pitch for the training offered by the author's company. The chapter on pain compliance is overly simplified and suggests that the ethical argument against the use of pain compliance is irrelevant. It would have...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Proceed with caution, 9 Jan 2013
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I was somewhat disappointed with this book. It does not give a balanced discussion of the issues relating to physical intervention, but reads as a lengthy sales pitch for the training offered by the author's company. The chapter on pain compliance is overly simplified and suggests that the ethical argument against the use of pain compliance is irrelevant. It would have been useful to have considered the case of Adam Rickwood (14) who hung himself following use of pain compliance. The authors use of selective examples from health, prison, children's and doormen makes for an uneven argument. There is limited consideration of the distinction between prone restraint and forceful prone restraint (the latter being associated with restraint related death). This is a short and cheap book that may be of interest but only if considered as part of a whole range of other perspectives. The author invites the reader to be critical and this is particularly true with this book. This is not the definitive guide to physical interventions that it claims to be.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent non-academic overview for frontline staff, 11 Jan 2013
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This book achieves its aim well. The author Mark Dawes states in his introduction that "this book has been written to give you an insight into what physical intervention actually is and the legalities and liabilities in this area". As such it succeeds in giving an overview, with reasonably comprehensive examples and references, of the various types of statutory obligations, risks and decision-making principles which a person should understand if they are commissioning, delivering or putting into practice any physical interventions. This book is a primer, a starting point with a broad base and a conversational tone. Because of this, it is easily digested and provides very accessible information. There are more 'detailed' books on physical intervention which emphasise academic references and put forward multiple theories, but which do not achieve much in the way of clarity. Mark Dawes explains, using legal principles and precedent, the key ideas which any frontline manager or team member should be aware of.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ FOR EVERYONE IN THE CARE INDUSTRY!!!!, 4 July 2014
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I own and loved Mark's other books on use of force, so bought this.
After moving from the prison service into teenage care homes, I had my doubts about what I was being taught regarding physical intervention.
This book is a MUST READ for anyone who works in the care industry!
Physical intervention must always be a last resort, but many policies and procedures are deliberately designed to dissuade carers from taking action when it needs to be done, which leaves staff frightened and unprotected.
Most of what I was taught regarding 'minimum force', human rights and pain compliance was deliberately misleading.
The company who conducted the training will remain nameless, but every time I challenged them would quote BILD's code of practice like it was the law. This book will teach you the truth behind those policies. Many of the things I was taught were misleading, inaccurate or unsafe, but would keep those who dictate the policies of the job from the safety of an office incredibly happy.
This book will give you the knowledge keep yourself and those in your care safe.
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