DESCAL8 Content Overview

D.ESCAL8 are accredited by the British Institute of Learning Disabilities (BILD) Physical Intervention Accreditation Scheme, info can be found on this link.

Bespoke and designed for the service commissioning the training, courses need to contain certain elements to fulfil the British Institute of Learning Disabilities (BILD) Code of Practice for trainers (2014), this is from the BILD Physical Intervention Training Accreditation Scheme (PITAS). Elements on any course will be drawn from the following list - however this is not exhaustive.



  • Legal aspects

  • Positive Behaviour Support

  • Staff support systems

  • DESCAL8: de-escalation incorporating low arousal and other psychological principles

  • Real application practice

  • Physical interventions, including but not limited to: 

    • wrists and clothing grabs

    • pinching

    • hair pulling

    • biting

    • airway protection

    • assisting someone who has got themselves stuck in any situation

    • physical protection - self injury and staff safety

    • back off or to take hold - when, why, where and how

It is recognised that the subject matter in this area of training can be difficult for participants:

  • content is backed up with research and deepening of learning through real world examples and consolidation practice

  • all staff are supported emotionally and physically through the content, no one is expected to do anything they do not want to do

  • D.ESCAL8 incorporate Behavioral Skills Training (BST) which is a training package that utilizes instructions, modeling, rehearsal, and feedback in order to teach a new skill


BILD PITAS covers the following groups 

  • Children and adults with learning disabilities

  • Children and adults with autistic spectrum conditions

  • Pupils with special educational needs

  • Children with additional needs that may result in socially inappropriate behaviour(s)

  • Children with social and emotional difficulties associated with behaviours that challenge 

  • Adults with learning disabilities and/or autism who are detained under the mental health legislation

  • Children and young people (up to the age of 19) who are detained in semi secure and secure settings or who are detained under the relevant mental health legislation

  • Families and family carers, including foster carers, those offering short breaks and support to children, young people and adults with learning disabilities, autism and social emotional and behaviour difficulties

Fantastic 3 day workshop! Learnt many new skills, strategies and different approaches, enabling people to work more effectively in supporting the varied needs of students. Very knowledgable course tutor with a person centred approach, that made each step of the course entertaining providing unforgettable experiences!
— R.M. Teaching Assistant

In-house or Open workshops?

Most customers have us come in to consult and train in-house, however we also run training hubs delivering the same high quality training for small providers who only need to access a small number of places occasionally as staff turnover dictates. 


Learning Outcomes

Several elements of the course can be mapped to -

  • National Care Standards

  • National Minimum Standards

  • Qualifications and Credit Framework

  • Social Care Induction Framework

  • Positive Behaviour Support Competency Framework 2015

I thought as a refresher course the content was absolutely spot on. Des was able to adapt to the specific needs and queries of the group very easily and I felt that the staff all had positive outcome from the day.
— S.J. – Service Director