Physical Restraint and the Use of Reasonable Force

Physical Restraint and the use of Reasonable Force


I am going to discuss the use of Physical Restraint and how it can be applied. I will demonstrate some of the various ways it can be used. I will also be looking at the amount of force that can be used whilst apply these restraints. I will also show the use of reasonable force and what it literally means. We will talk about how the law relates the use of force and how the Human Rights Act supports us as employees.

The term “Physical Restraint”, also known as physical intervention is defined by Mark Dawes, as the positive application of force for the purpose of overcoming a subject’s resistance. Restraint is normally applied with the aim of:

1, Preventing the actual or imminent physical assault or self or others

2, Effecting a lawful arrest or preventing a person lawfully detained from escaping; and

3, Stopping and / or preventing serious damage to property.

There are two different types in interventions, Restrictive and Non Restrictive. Generally speaking restrictive interventions are applied against a person’s consent and can involve bodily contact, mechanical devices or changes to the persons environment. A Non – Restrictive physical intervention is basically talking to a person and they are being “compliant”.

A Non – restrictive intervention should be used when a restrictive intervention is excessive force.

A restrictive intervention should be used when a non – restrictive intervention is failing and proportionate force is applied.

Physical restraint should be the last resort when talking about door security. Other methods should be exhausted first. You should talk to the customer first to find out what their issues maybe and see if they can resolved in a calm adult manner. If not then you should escort the customer to the front door if needed, if this does not work then try prompting the person. Both escorting and prompting should be done with reasonable force. The...