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The Physical Intervention (PI) module in Sleuth enables schools to record details about the use of physical intervention, or force, as a result of a student's behaviour.

Many schools, particularly those frequently facing challenging behaviour, may already record these incidents in Sleuth but the new PI module offers significant additional benefits. The PI module makes the essential task of identifying the nature, frequency and patterns of physical intervention very straightforward, enabling staff to develop risk assessments, positive handling plans and staff training plans to improve practice in using force to deal with behaviour in order to reduce the need for it.

Among the benefits:

  • Communication – Details of the use of physical intervention are accessible and available for review (by an authorised member of staff).  These details are complete and objective, providing evidence for meetings and reporting. Staff with access to Sleuth are always up to date with what is happening in school and can provide more effective support for colleagues and students. Email alerts can be generated automatically to colleagues and email/letters can be generated for parents/carers.
  • Consistency – All records of the use of physical intervention in Sleuth use language that is familiar to staff, and consistent with the behaviour policy and positive handling strategy, for describing details such as holds, effectiveness, injuries and reasons for using force. In addition, any follow-up procedures that are required to be undertaken are highlighted until completed, e.g. debrief, lead trainer notified, parent/carer contacted, etc.  Consistent detailed records enable detailed analysis and quality reporting.
  • Compliance - All recorded data in Sleuth is electronically audited so any changes are noted with an electronic signature and date. A full audit trail is available for every incident. Detailed records are available and can be used in the event of any inspection, investigation or complaint.
  • Proactive - Where physical intervention has been used, Sleuth allows detailed analysis of the data recorded to identify for example, the frequency of use of particular holds, their effectiveness, staff involvement and any resulting injuries. This supports a more proactive and strategic approach which leads to a reduction in the need to use force.
  • Efficient - Sleuth saves considerable time for staff by compiling all the data on physical intervention for use in the preparation of reports for auditing, self-evaluation, case conferences, developing risk assessments, positive handling plans and for staff training.

Detailed Physical Intervention Recording

In addition to the usual Sleuth recording of date, time, location, students, behaviours, actions etc., the PI module also records details including:

  • Deescalation Techniques: You can configure Sleuth with the name of each technique for de-escalation of behaviour typically used in your school and then select the techniques used when recording the incident.
  • PI Reasons: A list of the potential reasons for staff needing to use physical intervention for a student as a result of their behaviour. For example, Danger to Self, Danger to Staff, etc.
  • PI Holds: Enter each of the physical intervention holds staff are trained to use. The Description should be entered using terminology to correspond to the positive handling strategy employed by the school.
  • Effectiveness: A measure of the effectiveness of a particular hold for a student in a given incident. This may be as simple as Low, Medium, High for example or a more sophisticated indicator of the impact of the hold.
  • Staff and Student Injury tracking: While specifying the holds used for a particular student you can click any injuries that were received by the student or staff members.
  • Incident Checklist: Enable tracking of each step that needs to be taken as part of your post-incident procedures for PI. The person recording the incident, and anybody subsequently editing it, can select each step that was carried out and a complete history is available to see who completed each step and when. These can be setup for the school and for example could include: Pupil referred to First Aider, Review offered, Review accepted, Property Damaged, Entered in medical book or Entered in accident book.

 The PI Module can be purchased for £375 per year in addition to a whole school Sleuth licence. 


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