Reasonable Force

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.


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