Safer Strategies - Safer Services

Here at Safer Handling we do provide Physical Intervention training although our ethos is to avoid having to hold other humans in the first place!


Where physical intervention or even just holding someone whilst they regain control is necessary. Safer Handling supply staff with the necessary knowledge and skills to manage this in the safest way possible.


Following an internationally recognised BTEC programme of properly risk assessed, medically reviewed and easy to recall holds minimises the risks of injury and distress. Delivered to as many staff as you wish over two twilights, as a combined afternoon & twilight or, as a full day - a great team-building activity!


Specialising in bespoke strategies to manage the behaviours of children or vulnerable adults of all ages and of different shapes & sizes, we take into consideration factors such as managing SEN, learning difficulties or those who may have a disability.

We provide in-house and open courses as well as train the trainer courses.


Safer Handling specialise in the delivery of the ONLY nationally recognised Positive Handling and Restraint award certificate for those working with children, young people or vulnerable adults.

All courses are bespoke to your specific needs.

Courses and services in this sector include violence and aggression audits, legal briefings on the use of force with vulnerable adults and children, control and restraint, physical intervention, breakaway, disengagement, and managing challenging behaviours.

Made of “tough cloth” the Soft Restraint equipment was designed and developed to offer staff superior control of a person where there is a need to safely control & transport a person. Lightweight, uniquely simple, it is a more humane alternative to the other intrusive methods of control and restraint. 

We have developed a range of resources for anyone involved in commissioning, managing or training in the use of force with children and young people to help you learn, understand and refresh your knowledge in this area.


All available to purchase now. 

We provide a whole range of courses for all business sectors  in the Management of Violence and Aggression, which are bespoke and specific to your needs, requirements and service users.

Whether you are looking for Search Procedures, Handcuff training or First Aid courses or to equip your lone workers with the ability to protect themselves, please click the link below for further details or call us to discuss your requirements.

All of our trainers have sector specific training qualifications and experience.

Doug Melia

Doug, is the Director of Defend Solutions Ltd which includes, Safer Handling, Pro-Tactical and Defend UK Professional Safety Education. He is an accredited trainer, consultant & speaker on the use of force, safer handling strategies & restraint. Doug is also a registered expert witness, auditor, risk assessor and specialist member of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (SIIRSM). Safer handling is a licensed centre of the National Federation of Personal Safety.

Consultancy & Policy Audits

Doug Melia offers a number of additional services on the wide ranging topic of the Management of Violence and Aggression  including:

Consultancy services


Policy Audits

Expert Witness

The training delivered by Doug and his team today was superb - the best positive handling training I have attended

Head Teacher of a school in Devon

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Safer Handling is part of the Defend Group, which includes

Defend Solutions Ltd, Defend UK Professional Safety Education and Soft Restraint Kit