Physical Interventions

What are Physical Interventions (PI)?
If a situation presents imminent or grave danger, staff may need to take immediate action, including Physical Intervention and/or Restrictive Physical Intervention (RPI)

What is physical intervention?
The purpose of physical intervention is to take immediate control of a dangerous situation, in order to end or significantly reduce the risk of harm to the person and others around them. Physical Intervention involves some form of physical contact to guide, restrict or prevent movement. This can include touching, guiding or escorting. The use of force to restrain and seclusion are Restrictive Physical Interventions (RPI).

Any form of physical intervention at St Luke's School complies with the law and is:
* Reasonable, necessary and proportionate
* Conducted by appropriately trained and competent staff
* Combined with strategies to continuously de-escalate

Our School Policy on Restrictive Physical Intervention


Our school follows the strict procedures of Hertforshire Steps regarding the moving and handling of children:

What are Restrictive Physical Interventions?

What are Restrictive Physical Interventions?

Risks of inappropriate physical intervention
There are serious risks in the inappropriate use or poor application of physical intervention, even where it only involves what is thought of as minimal force. For example, when used against a vulnerable person (for example children with fragile conditions or an older person), something as seemingly harmless as holding a wrist may lead to serious injuries such as bruising, skin tears and fractures. Staff undertake rigorous training to ensure this is a cognisant part of all physical interventions.


Any form of Restrictive Physical Intervention (RPI) at St Luke's School complies with the law and is:
* Reasonable, necessary and proportionate
* Conducted by appropriately trained and competent staff
* Combined with strategies to continuously de-escalate
* The least restrictive possible
* For the minimum amount of time
* Continually monitored for signs of medical/physical distress in the patient
* Formally recorded as soon as possible after the event.

Referencing the issues of Time Out and Calm rooms being used illegally, St Luke's School has looked carefully into best practices, illegality and recent research to ensure our practices always have the best interests of the child clear.


Our Whistleblowing policy also seeks to ensure every member of staff is able to share concerns small or bigger with the senior leadership, knowing appropriate action will be taken.