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Physical Intervention BILD Accreditation Scheme

Overview for those who are time limited

This post is about the BILD Accreditation Scheme. If you are the kind of person who comments “tl;dr” then please look at one point.

Please check your training provider is still accredited and on the list here 

A number of companies are no longer accredited by BILD to train physical interventions; Team Teach and Studio 3 are among them. We believe this is noteworthy news as it has been a significant number of weeks without them on the list.

These companies have been removed from the BILD Accreditation Scheme list and are currently not accredited, we at D.ESCAL8, are not sure if this is temporary or not as BILD’s rules rightly dictate they will not say why:

“BILD will not discuss why an organisation does not appear on the list we can simply confirm whether an organisation is currently accredited.”

– http://www.bild.org.uk/our-services/accreditation/ 21/10/2015

So all you can do is work with the list on any given day. Therefore as of today 21/10/2015/.

Please check if your training provider is currently accredited here

Within Physical Intervention the BILD Accreditation Scheme has become the industry standard

“BILD Code of Practice for minimising the use of restrictive physical interventions: planning, developing and delivering training, Fourth edition, 2014, the scheme accredits training organisations that deliver behaviour support and management training in conjunction with the use of physical skills or restrictive physical interventions. “- BILD

From the founding of D.ESCAL8 in 2013 we were enquiring about being on the BILD Accreditation Scheme. At the time they were going through changes which put the process on delay with introductory events being cancelled until the new code became active.

The following is from the BILD Accreditation Scheme overview

“The BILD Accreditation Scheme was reviewed and revised in 2014. It was launched in November 2014 to reflect the latest BILD Code of Practice, the fourth edition” – BILD

D.ESCAL8 is BILD Accredited

As of September 2015 D.ESCAL8 were accredited under the new scheme and the new code (2014). A vast number of the companies on the list have not been measured against the new code, and won’t be until their re-accreditation becomes due.

The Accreditation process involves a lot of due diligence and does take some time. As part of this process our training was assessed and our administration & processes thoroughly vetted by the Physical Intervention BILD Accreditation Scheme.

The following D.ESCAL8 courses are accredited

D.ESCAL8 BILD Accredited Courses:

  • 3 day Foundation “Developing Positive Relationships with individuals in distress- Adults
  • 3 day Foundation “Developing Positive Relationships with individuals in distress- Children and Young People
  • D.ESCAL8 In house Trainers Project

What does this all mean?

There is no doubt the industry has benefited from the standards BILD lay out in the code of practice and the BILD Code of Practice (2014) is the most comprehensive to date. BILD strive with each new Code of Practice to improve the training with the aim to reduce them to an absolute minimum for all individuals. The primary focus of BILD Accredited Training is Positive Behaviour Support and this concept is embedded throughout. BILD set rigorous standards for the competency, qualifications and experience of its Accredited Trainers, and for the staff that these trainers educate. 

BILD Accreditation is not just a logo to put on a website – it guarantees the training organisation, its trainers, its policies, practices and standards are rigorously audited against the Code of Practice on a three yearly basis.

A “BILD Member” logo is NOT the same as a “BILD Accreditation Scheme” logo – do not be fooled by deceptive and clever marketing.

The only way to guarantee you have a BILD Accredited Trainer, or In House Training Scheme, is to use a company who are accredited by BILD and who, most importantly, maintain that accreditation.

So should you be asking the questions:

  • Is the company I trust to train my staff still BILD accredited?
  • Are they still achieving the highest standards in PBS and physical intervention training?
  • Are continually striving to improve practice and meet ever improving standards?

Check the current list on the BILD website to see if the company you rely on is still accredited – you may be surprised to find out they are not.


Only by using a BILD Accredited company can you guarantee that –

  • All physical interventions are risk assessed by an independent professional every three years.
  • All physical interventions are approved for use by BILD and reflect the standards of their most up to date Code of Practice.
  • Your training company is keeping up to date with the latest legislation, guidance and best practice.
  • Any In House trainers meet the same exacting high standards as a BILD Accredited trainer.
  • Your staff are receiving training of the highest quality and are assessed against the professional, independent standards in the Bild Code of Practice.
  • Your staff are taught to focus on Positive Behaviour Support and not to use physical interventions where possible
Des Cooke