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Prevention and Management of Violence and Aggression (PMVA) Masterclass

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Tuesday 14 Jul 2020
VIRTUAL, Online Course
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Monday 21 Sep 2020
West One De Vere, London
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NEW: We are pleased to offer the option to attend this masterclass as a virtual online course; find out more about our Virtual Training.

Exploring some of the most pressing and troubling issues in PMVA to help ensure that your service is ahead of the game.

Key Learning Points

  • Identify and update your knowledge of national and international developments and learning
  • When does an intervention constitute restraint and why this matters.
  • Designing and implementing policies for the anticipation, de-escalation, prevention and management of violence and aggression.
  • Key learning from outstanding practice in PMVA.
  • Key learning from previous cases where death or significant harm has been caused.
  • How to design and implement a successful restrictive interventions reduction policy.
  • Identify key strategies for reducing harm from all kinds of restraint.
  • “This restraint technique is banned”. Are any techniques really “banned”?
  • Consideration of the 2019/2020 National Training Standards to improve training in PMVA.
  • Mechanical restraint – safeguard or danger?
  • From DoLS to Liberty Protection Safeguards. How might this affect restrictive interventions?
  • Implications of the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act 2019.
  • When should Police become involved in an incident and what can be expected of them?

Facilitated by Eric Baskind Senior Lecturer in Law, Liverpool John Moores University; Consultant and Expert Witness in Violence Reduction and the Safer Use of Force.

This Masterclass will explore the key issues in the prevention and management of violence and aggression (PMVA) to ensure that your service remains ahead of its game; is providing the best approach to all matters relating to PMVA; and is protected as much as possible against adverse findings from regulators and claims by both staff and service users.

Led by one of the UK’s leading experts on the use of force, who over the past 35 years has been instructed as an expert witness in more than 3,000 cases in courts and tribunals, this Masterclass will explore the key issues of concern to all services with the aim of ensuring compliance to relevant guidelines and identifying solutions to the many controversial issues that all services experience.

Over the past 35 years, Eric Baskind has advised numerous organisations on violence reduction, the use of force and physical interventions. He has been instructed as an expert witness both in the UK and in other countries in more than 3,000 cases involving restraint-related injuries and deaths including by the Prison Officers’ Association, Police Federation, Home Office/ Ministry of Justice and the Scottish Prison Service. Amongst the other organisations he is currently advising are the High Secure Hospitals at Ashworth, Rampton, Broadmoor and Carstairs where he is the Independent Expert Advisor to the Violence Reduction Manual Steering Group, and the Security Industry Authority where he chairs an expert panel reviewing the management of violence and aggression and use of force in connection with the SIA’s licence-linked qualifications.

Eric is currently working with the College of Policing on two projects. He is a member of the Mental Health Restraint Expert Reference Group where he leads the work on restraint practices. He is also a member of the College’s Guideline Committee Steering Group working on the development of Authorised Professional Practice in the use of force. 

Amongst the high-profile cases he is currently instructed in as an expert witness are:

  • claims against G4S as to whether the routine handcuffing of prisoners during escort is a breach of their convention rights
  • three police officers who are charged with manslaughter following the death of Thomas Orchard whilst being restrained following his arrest
  • the death of Lorraine Barwell who was killed whilst restraining a prisoner at Blackfriars Crown Court in June 2015
  • the death of Allan Marshall in March 2015 following restraint at HMP Saughton, in Scotland, where he was serving a term of imprisonment
  • the death of Craig Grant following restraint by door supervisors at the Tonik Bar in Aberdeen
  • the death of Wayne Moore at HMP Nottingham in December 2013 following which 3 prison officers have been charged with Misconduct in Public Office
  • the death of Paul Reynolds who died following restraint in Lowestoft in February 2017
  • the death of Shane Bryant who died following restraint by on-duty, off-duty and retired police officers and members of the public during an armed robbery in 2017

Eric Baskind

Senior Lecturer in Law, Consultant and Expert Witness in Violence Reduction and the Safer Use of Force
Liverpool John Moore’s University

This masterclass is also available in house

This course can be held at your organisation for up 25 delegates, we can tailor the content to suit your organisation and CPD needs of your staff. Led by experienced and highly rated trainers, in-house training works out cost-effective for groups and saves travel time.

Contact [email protected] with your requirements for further information and a quote.

In-house Training

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Additional delegate discount:

A discount of 15% will be applied to fees for any extra delegates.

Online discount:

A discount of 10% will be applied if you pay using the website.

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