Management of Actual or Potential Aggression (MAPA)

At QPC the emphasis is on non-restraint even in testing situations and this is reflected in the very few restraints used. However, in those exceptional situations where it is required we utilise MAPA.

The registered person is responsible for ensuring that all their staff has been adequately trained in the principles of de-escalation and restraint and any restraint techniques appropriate to the needs of the children.

Our focus is always the welfare of the child and an understanding that young people need to and will over time learn impulse control and to make better decisions, but that sometimes physical intervention is necessary. But to promote young people to learn to make the right decision we focus on prevention, de-escalation, and distraction. The approach QPC uses to fit with our approach to restraint that is appropriate to the needs of the young people we care for is MAPA. MAPA is externally validated and evidences that any restraint techniques the training advocates for have been medically assessed to demonstrate their safety for use in a context of caring for children who are still developing, physically and emotionally. The registered managers routinely review the effectiveness of the restraint system.

Management of Actual or Potential Aggression or MAPA for short is an accredited training programme that teaches management and intervention techniques to cope with escalating behaviour in a professional and safe manner. The training delivers a solid foundation based on the philosophy of providing the best “Care, Welfare, Safety, and Security” for staff and those in our care on those occasions when it is needed.

  • Focuses on prevention, deceleration and avoidance.
  • Addresses the risks of physical interventions.
  • Teaches safe, non-harmful interventions.
  • Offers proven post-incident strategies to prevent future crises.