A physical intervention is a physical action, often a restraint, which is used by school staff on a student. Physical interventions are used as a last resort when other de-escalation methods (such as reasoning with the student) have failed.
Defining physical intervention methods
Intervention methods can be defined by going to: Students> Behaviour> Setup.
To add a physical intervention method: Go to the Behaviour Setup screen and click ‘+ Add’ in the ‘Physical Intervention Methods’ section.
To amend or delete a physical intervention method: Select the physical intervention in the Behaviour Setup screen and press the ‘Edit’ button on the slide over.
Note: A physical intervention method cannot be deleted once it has been assigned to a physical intervention incident.
Adding a physical intervention to a new behaviour incident
Note: it is not possible to use the physical interventions workflow until at least one physical intervention method has been defined.
A physical intervention can be logged at the same time as logging a behaviour incident.
The students marked as involved in a physical intervention must also be marked as involved in the behaviour incident.
If a physical intervention has been recorded in the behaviour incident, the user will be taken to the incident summary and will be able to fill in a narrative.
If a member of staff is marked as ‘involved’ in a physical intervention, they will be alerted and asked to provide a witness statement.
Adding a physical intervention to an existing behaviour incident
A physical intervention can be added to an existing behaviour incident by clicking ‘+ Add’ in the Physical Interventions section of the behaviour incident screen.
Adding a narrative
After a physical intervention has been logged, a banner on the behaviour incident screen will remind the current user that they need to provide a narrative.
Clicking on the banner’s links will open a slide over and allow the user to easily add a narrative.
Recording a witness to a physical intervention
Witnesses can be added to a physical intervention by selecting the physical intervention from the behaviour incident screen and selecting the ‘Add Witness’ button. When a member of staff is selected as a witness, they will be notified.
Responding as a witness
If a member of staff is marked as a witness, they will be notified via Arbor’s notifications centre, and via email. When the user clicks on the notification, they will be taken to the behaviour incident screen and a banner will instruct them to add a witness statement.