New qualification for safe use of mechanical restraints (handcuffs)

We’re always looking to provide our centres with the qualifications and resources to help them and their learners tackle the major issues in the security sector. 

That’s why with use of mechanical restraints such as handcuffs – and the implications of getting it wrong – frequently in the news, we’ve launched a new qualification to help you make sure learners get it right.

The Highfield Level 3 Award in the Safe Use of Mechanical Restraints (Handcuffs) RQF covers the legislation surrounding the use of mechanical restraints such as handcuffs, and teaches learners their safe and effective use in a lawful manner.

The qualification is suitable for learners who are already licensed to practice by the Security Industry Authority (SIA) to practice, as well as civil enforcement and community safety accredited persons.

It is assessed by an open response workbook and a practical assessment, and has a total qualification time of 12 hours with 8 recommended guided learning hours.

You can find out more about the qualification now by going to

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