Accreditation and Support
In the Asia Pacific, it is the preferred approach for both the WA and ACT Departments of Education and the Catholic Education Offices of Western Australia and Tasmania, and an increasing number of Special School, Special Education Units, mainstream schools and adult disability service providers across all States and Territories. It has also been successfully implemented in a number of New Zealand Special Schools.
Team-Teach was established in 1997 and has professional liability coverage and a national network of Tutors across the UK.
In the UK, Team-Teach training is affiliated to The General Services Association and its courses have been accredited (2006, 2009, 2012 ) by the British Institute of Learning Disabilities and The Institute of Conflict Management (2015)
Intermediate and advanced trainer courses are quality controlled and assured by an external moderator, with potential new tutors having to pass both a theoretical test and a number of practical assessments.
Tutors also receive a visual record and a teaching manual of all preferred techniques within the core curriculum.
Photographs of techniques can be misleading and easily misrepresented which is why TT provides video files of all holds, allowing for a dynamic interpretation related to context and circumstance.
“As Director of Team Teach, having sat through as an observer, the 6 weeks of the Gareth Myatt Inquiry, l am fully aware of the need for all restraint techniques to be risk assessed and continually monitored and evaluated. As a company, we receive and monitor 6 – 8 weekly reports from services using our ground restraints. TT techniques are not risk free, but our on-going analysis of incidents and any associated injury rates for children, young people, vulnerable adults and staff over the last 15 years provides a very strong evidence base for their operational safety.” George Matthews
All participants on courses receive very explicit information and advice concerning the dangers that can occur regarding restraint and positional asphyxia.
All TT techniques have undergone (2006, 2009, 2012 and 2015) a medical review carried out by independent medical experts as required by the BILD and ICM accreditation systems.
Tutors are required to produce a summary evaluation report that addresses critical questions concerning issues around safety and the holistic, whole setting approach to behaviour management. This summary evaluation report is returned to the Director of Team-Teach for monitoring and quality control.
All tutors are required to attend prescribed refresher courses and are only permitted to train within the boundaries of their licence.
Government departments are aware of Team-Teach training, having been actively consulted concerning guidance on the use of reasonable force and helping service settings select positive handling strategies.
Inspection bodies and the Health & Safety Executive have also commented favourably in their reports on the positive impact that the Team Teach training framework has had when adopted by leadership, management and a whole setting holistic approach.
The flexibility of training in meeting the needs of particular settings has also been well received with feedback from courses showing 93-99% ratings of Very Good or Excellent in all key feedback areas.