Soft Restraint Equipment
Made of “tough cloth” the Soft Restraint equipment, which includes, cuffs, belts and a safe holding system® and accessories, was designed and developed to offer staff superior control of a person where there is a need to safely control and transport a person and to prevent those who attempt to self harm. It provides a softer, more humane alternative to the other intrusive methods of control and restraint. It is a lightweight, uniquely simple device that is ergonomically designed to provide comfort for the person; but still provides optimum strength to the equipment.
Soft Restraints® have been tested in accordance with EN ISO 10535 and reviewed by the Home office’s preferred leading medical expert. They are designed to reduce injuries and subsequent litigation and often provide the least intrusive option available. Clients who have benefited from the kit across the world include healthcare, forensic settings, child and adolescent services, special education, prisons, policing and patient transport.
Take a look at the short videos demonstrating the soft restraint equipment.
The Soft Restraint Cuff® offers staff an ethical alternative to maintaining control of service users with restrictive mechanical restraints or where prolonged holding is a regular occurrence. Wherever there is a need to support, hold or transport a service user, Soft-cuffs® provide a softer, more humane alternative to metal handcuffs and a less invasive alternative to prolonged manual holding especially during procedures and treatments or where a person is frail or has adverse skin, tissue or bone conditions. Soft-cuffs® can be used in conjunction with the Soft restraint belt and are used widely internationally and here at home with multiple case studies with care plans ready to be adapted.
Soft Restraint Belt®
The Soft Restraint Belt® gives the effect of ‘putting handles’ on the body. These modular elements of the Soft restraint kit are versatile and can be applied to the upper or lower torso of a challenging, injured, or passive subject allowing them to be held, moved, supported and even carried with ease. Compliant with Health & Safety Regulations and international guidance on reducing restrictive practices, the SRB ensures staff have the potential to handle, lift, support and move challenging or injured individuals in the course of their employment, including administering personal care.
The Safe Holding System®
The Safe Holding System® is a Soft Restraint Belt with Soft-cuffs ﬁxed in place. This product was designed and developed based on customer feedback across our wealth of UK NHS services and is a viable option for negating the requirement for prolonged manual restraint. It offers staff superior control where there is a need to safely hold, turn or transport a person. It’s uses include assistance in the prevention of self-injurious behaviour, transitioning from mechanical restraints to holds and re-integrating people from seclusion. Lightweight, uniquely simple and ergonomically designed, it provides comfort for the person; but still provides optimum strength to the belt.
Soft Restraint Training
The Soft Restraint equipment is not issued or sold without certified training. This has been a key issue with the nationally and internationally established credibility with the device.
The training programme is tailored to ensure it is “profession specific” and based on the needs and requirements of your staff and service users.
We offer both in-house and open End-User and Train the Trainer courses, plus Online Courses
The aim of this course is to instruct participants in the underpinning legal knowledge and the working principles of how to use Soft Restraint equipment safely.
1. Identify the Component Parts of the Soft Restraint.
2. Identify the Risks Associated with the use of the Soft Restraint.
3. Understand the Health & Safety implications with regards to the use of the Soft Restraint
4. Understand the Law in relation to the Soft Restraint as a Use of Force option.
5. Apply and Remove the Soft Restraint in a Safe and Effective Manner.
"We integrated a patient from long term seclusion using the Safe Holding System, which meant we could now get her out twice a day with minimum incidents arising which is a huge change to her care (she was only getting out 15 minutes a week before – with incidents on most occasions!)".
“Doug’s team are exceptional. The Soft Restraints allow us to administer personal care safely”.
“The training we receive from Safer-Handling is exceptional and has reduced staff injuries drastically.”