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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.

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Whole School Ownership
"Our approach to behaviour management has been enhanced by Sleuth. Everyone is now involved and accountable. I can use Sleuth to pin-point staff who manage a particular child well and then can use their expertise to support staff who find this child difficult.
I believe Sleuth has given ownership of behaviour management to everyone in the school; class teams can generate reports and use these to aid planning and behaviour management. Sleuth reports are also used as evidence in Multi Agency meetings, performance management reviews and parent workshops."
Senior Teacher - Springwell Community Special School
Easy and Accurate Picture of Data
"Sleuth has given us us much more meaningful behaviour data than previous systems. It is easy to access, easy to use and provides a very straightforward way to report. With Sleuth we now have a very accurate picture of behaviour. Every child in KS2 and KS3 has a behaviour plan which is based on their Sleuth profile. This behaviour plan helps them to address the behaviour that needs improving. Both staff and students are now far clearer about behaviour targets."
The Headteacher - Riversides Special School
Paperless & Timesaving
"Staff have received Sleuth very well and even the more reluctant IT users have a very positive opinion of it. In particular staff feel that the format of recording in Sleuth has saved considerable time when compared with the previous handwritten incident report forms."
The Headteacher - The Kingfisher Special School
Intervention Plans
"Sleuth is an integral part of our behaviour policy and the data and trends it holds helps us regularly review our policy and practice. Sleuth has enabled us to focus on children causing concern and create behaviour support and intervention plans (BSIP) for them."
Deputy Headteacher - Springfield House Community Special School