About the Course

This basic induction course covers the key knowledge and skills required to assist and move children with dignity whilst ensuring carer’s own and others’ safety. The course is highly practical, and a variety of teaching methods will be used, including group work, discussion, demonstration, and practice of handling activities. Certificates are provided in accordance with employer’s systems.

Course Duration

This is a two-day programme designed for all new starters and staff who have not attended training for an extended period of time. A one day course can be provided on request.

Course Aim

  • To enable you to move, assist and position children as part of their care and support plan
  • To promote the risk reduction strategy as identified through the child’s risk assessment in diverse settings, and with consideration to wide and varied abilities
  • To enable you to select and use appropriate techniques and equipment when assisting a child during both planned and unpredictable occurrences, and identify situations when assistance is not appropriate

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the session, the learner will be able to:

  • Describe the role of workers and others in relation to assisting and moving
  • Prepare an environment before assisting and moving
  • Support the child to prepare before assisting and moving
  • Assist and move a child in accordance with the relevant risk assessment and care plan
  • Report and record changes that may affect the child’s care and support plan for assisting and moving
  • Demonstrate appropriate methods to use when working at floor level
  • Assist appropriately a child who is falling
  • Assist appropriately a child who has fallen
  • Maintain and update records for assisting and moving, including those which relate to assisting and moving falling or fallen individuals
  • Assist a child to sit, stand and walk safely
  • Apply safe handling practices to assist children to move in and around their bed or a changing table
  • Describe the range, selection, safe use, and maintenance requirements of mechanical beds, wheelchairs, hoists and slings

Course Content

  • Introduction to relevant legislation
  • Risk assessment, and how it applies to manual handling of children
  • Basic principles of Back Care
  • Holds and positions
  • Assisting a child to stand with a range of support levels, with both one and two carers
  • Assisting a child to sit with a range of support levels, with both one and two carers
  • Use of transfer devices, including rota stands and transfer boards
  • Assisting a child to roll on a bed, with both one and two carers
  • Use of profiling beds
  • Use of a slide sheet to assist a child to roll
  • Use of slide sheets and other aids to move up a bed
  • Assisting a child in and out of bed
  • Health and safety features of hoists and slings, including pre-use checks
  • Sling application in a chair
  • Sling application on a bed and/or the floor
  • Hoisting from beds and chairs
  • Use of slide sheets to assist with dressing
  • Working with children on the floor

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