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SCME offers the SCM training programme which can be used in a variety of health, educational and social care services for both children and adults. It provides a continuum of interventions that are based on the principle of the “Least Restrictive Alternative”. The least restrictive approach is using the least amount of restriction necessary to manage behaviour that is “harmful to self or others”. The curriculum focuses on, but not limited to, human development, adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and Personal Support Planning. The curriculum is both rights and ethics based and employs a trauma-informed approach.

SCME considers national and international legislation and guidance that incudes, but not limited to, the following:

  1. Independent Care Review (Scotland) 2019
  2. Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland - No Safe Place Report 2018
  3. Scottish Government ‘Holding Safely’ Guidance 2005/2013
  4. HM Government – Reducing the Need for Restraint and Restrictive Interventions 2019
  5. UNCRC – the Rights of The Child 1989
  6. Restraint Reduction Network Training Standards in 2019


Safe Crisis Management Europe has been certified by the Bild Association of Certified Training as complying with the Restraint Reduction Network Training Standards in 2019.

The standards apply to all training that has a restrictive intervention component and will provide a national and international benchmark for training in supporting people who are distressed in education, health and social care settings. They aim to:

  • Protect people's fundamental human rights and promote person-centred best interest and therapeutic approaches to supporting people when they are distressed
  • Reduce reliance on restrictive practices by promoting positive culture and practice that focuses on prevention, de-escalation and reflective practice
  • Improve the quality of life of those being restrained and those supporting them
  • Increase understanding of the root causes of behaviour and recognition that many behaviours are the result of distress due to unmet needs
  • Where required, focus on the safest and most dignified use of restrictive interventions including physical restraint. The scheme includes training needs analysis to ensure training is proportional to the needs of the population and setting. There is also increased scrutiny and surveillance of curricula, senior trainers and affiliated organisations.

View further information on Restraint Reduction Network.


“Scotland must keep listening to children about their experience of restraint and prioritise a full understanding of the impact of restraint on children. There must be active consideration of the impact not just on one child but on others living in a location where restraint takes place”

(The Promise Chapter 4: Care page 86)