Physical Interventions in Sleuth
The Physical Intervention (PI) module in Sleuth enables schools to record details about the use of physical intervention as a result of a student's behaviour. Many special schools and PRUs already record these incidents in Sleuth but the PI module allows you to include more detail and effectively computerise all the 'bound-book' information. Recording PI electronically has several notable advantages over the bound-book:
- Communication – Any use of PI is available for review by an authorised member of staff from any computer. Staff are up to date with what is happening in school. Email alerts can be generated automatically to colleagues and letters sent to parents/carers.
- Consistency – All records of the use of PI in Sleuth require the use of an objective common language for describing details such as holds, effectiveness, injuries and reasons for using PI. 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.
- 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.
- 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 in the use of PI.
- Efficient - Sleuth saves considerable time by compiling all the data on PI for use in the preparation of reports for auditing, self-evaluation, case conferences, developing positive handling plans and for PI training.
Detailed Physical Intervention Recording
In addition to the usual Sleuth recording of date, time, location, students, behaviours, actions etc.(see a run through in our Referring an Incident Video), Sleuth also allows for detailed recording of any PI 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 PI 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 PI 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.
Powerful One Click Reporting
Once you have good incident data entered, Sleuth will allow you to perform detailed data analysis where physical intervention has
been used, for example to identify the frequency of use of particular holds, average time held, their effectiveness, staff involvement
and any resulting injuries. The system also has full auditing capability to track any changes to incidents and allows you
to produce a report showing who created the initial incident and then when and who made each change.
The PI module makes the essential
task of identifying the nature, frequency and patterns of physical intervention very straightforward. Enabling staff
to quickly predict, evaluate, improve practice and minimise risk. By using the powerful but easy to use reporting in Sleuth
you can easily perform auditing, self-evaluation, case conferences and develop positive handling plans.