(pronounced de-escalate)

Fostering and Challenging Behaviour

assisting foster carers with kids in distress



fostering and challenging behaviour



Fostering welcomes children and young people into your home to be part of your family. Any relationship has stressful times and bringing an individual of any age into your home can put pressure on all aspects of family life. Positive relationships are the key to successful placements, be they emergency, respite, short term or long term stays.

We tend not to use the term 'Chllenging Behaviour' but prefer to assist indiviudals with their distress d8.is/b2.

Bespoke Workshops

Not all families and carers feel that they need a the full 3 day BILD accredited course which is lower on this page. Not everyone will need to learn most of the physical skills we teach and need greater focus on PBS. To meet this need we offer smaller more bespoke one or two day workshops -


Developing Positive Relationships - Children / Young People in Distress

Foster carers can often find themselves facing problems with behaviour. D.ESCAL8TM’s 3 day BILD accredited course, ‘Developing Positive Relationships with Individuals in Distress’ will provide carers with the understanding, skills and confidence to approach these incidents in a calm manner, meeting the needs of the child.

The children and young people in foster care are likely to have had many disappointments and a lack of that constant emotional gate post they need. Our course focuses firmly on Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) and building secure, trusting relationships both in stable times and in times of distress.


Social Worker on a bespoke 2 day course designed for an individual.

I highly recommend the training to any professional who works with children where their presentation needs to be safely managed in such a way that actually supports that young person and staff. The training was very refreshing, providing new ways to manage a range of behaviours. This is done by first fully understanding the Young Persons needs through close analysis of ‘why’ the Young Person presents in a particular way. We were also able to link presentation to other issues such as sensory, communication and also routines. By fully understating this first, we are able to taylor our approach resulting in incidents being carefully and safely managed. By understanding first the person’s needs, we were able to taylor our approach to de-escalate before any physical intervention. The ethos around any physical intervention has been well thought out and tested. The training was delivered very well and has supported my ability as a practitioner so keep myself and the Young People safe.
— L.C. -NQSW/Social Worker/ASW Practitioner

Supervising Social Worker on a Foundation 3 day "Developing Positive Relationships with Individuals in Distress"

I have to say that in our profession we are often given models of intervention to use and the theory behind them, but applying them in reality often fails. Your course helped me challenge my own belief system in understanding the psychological impact of ‘power’ in applying re-enforcement theory for children and young people with Learning disabilities. Your course provides a realistic interpretation of the work environment and how to remain calm and it certainly tests participants! Listening to your own experience and your realistic role plays certainly causes you to reflect on your own practice and how you will go forward to help carers in their roles. Thank you.
— K.Z. - Supervising Social Worker


D.ESCAL8TM's Foundation Course (1,2 or 3 days)

Developing Positive Relationships with Individuals in Distress



On completion of the 3 day course participants will have a solid grounding in -

  • The relevant legislation, guidance and policies
  • Safely manage crises if and when they occur
  • Positive psychology / Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)
  • Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE’s) scale
  • Understanding emotional contagion via mirror neurons
  • Understanding the functions and causes of problem behaviours
  • Understanding and improving their own tolerance, resilience and relationships
  • De-escalation skills
  • Understanding through stress training how our emotions affect the interactions we have when in stressful situations & how we can improve our communication under pressure
  • Creating support systems
    • Emotion and relationships
    • Offloading and debriefing

Physical Interventions - Disengagement

D.ESCAL8 TM firmly believe in giving carers the skills and confidence to be able to create space when needed. As such we can teach hands on practical skills that enable people to disengage easily and calmly from:

  • Simple pinches
  • Wrist Grabs
  • Pinching / Scratching
  • Clothing Grabs
  • Hair Grabs
  • Biting

You will also learn:

  • Airway protection
  • Assisting others in any situation
  • Protection from hits / blows
  • Advanced Stress Training
  • How to handle self injurious behaviour

Restrictive Physical Interventions

All D.ESCAL8 TM courses embed the principle that physical interventions should only be used as a last resort, once primary and secondary preventions have been attempted and failed. The interventions we teach on the 3 day course are effective in all situations and do not use the floor in any way. D.ESCAL8 TM teach interventions that are the least restrictive, and work with the movement of the individual rather than fight against it in an attempt to restrain; this results in carers being able to build more positive relationships with children and young people in distress.

The third day of the course includes:

  • Movement concepts
  • Fluid Restraint
  • Movement & Self Injury
  • Other Restrictive Procedures as informed by Training Needs Analysis & Behavioural Audits performed as part of the commissioning process.

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

In house Trainers Project