Reasonable force will always be assessed against ALL the prevailing circumstances:
- Was the use of force necessary or could it have been dealt with in another way?
- Were all other available option exhausted first or judged inappropriate or inadequate?
The use of force should always be a choice of last resort.
Criteria on which your actions will be judged:
- Was the action necessary and consistent with your policies/guidelines/care plans?
- Were your actions proportionate to the harm you were trying to prevent?
- Was any force applied used for the minimum length of time?
- Were there any special mitigating circumstances, e.g. the person had attacked you before in similar circumstances, this would justify taking pre-emptive action.