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Scope of the Certification Scheme

What does the certification scheme do?

BILD Association of Certified Training is an organisation who certifies training services that include a restrictive intervention component as complying with the Restraint Reduction Network Training Standards 2019. 

The Restraint Reduction Network Training Standards 2019 aim to facilitate culture change, not just technical competence. The training standards focus on the human rights, restraint reduction, prevention, de-escalation, safe use and recovery. 

The Standards have been written to apply across health and social care services. Training providers are required to demonstrate compliance with the Training Standards through (UKAS Accredited) Certification. This includes in-house training (eg within an NHS Trust) and commercial training providers. Implementation will be via commissioning requirements and inspection frameworks that will require UKAS accredited (certificated) training from April 2020.

Certification must be accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS). UKAS is recognised by government to assess, against agreed standards, organisations that provide certification, testing, and inspection services. Certification by UKAS demonstrates the competence, impartiality and integrity fo conformity assessment bodies.

As the certification process takes approximately one year to complete, we are encouraging all training providers to start the process of certification in early 2019 ahead of UKAS Accredited Training becoming a requirement from April 2020.

The purpose of certification is to:

  • demonstrate compliance with the Restraint Reduction Network Training Standards
  • provide a quality mark to support commissioning of high quality training 
  • provide an enabling scheme that not only offers quality assurance but also supports a culture of continuous improvement
  • provide a robust, effective, consistent system and to be equitable and impartial in its application. The certification scheme shall be accredited by UKAS as complying with ISO accreditation standards. 
  • operate in an efficient, cost effective, and non-bureaucratic manner for training organisations
  • reduce risks associated with poor training and practice 


How will the scheme work? 

The initial certification process can take approximately 12 months to complete. At the heart of the certification procedure is the Restraint Reduction Network Training Standards self-assessment tool. The self-assessment tool has a simple red, amber and green (RAG) rating system and allows training providers to demonstrate through evidence that their programmes meet the Restraint Reduction Network Training Standards. 

The evidence they provide is scrutinised by an assigned assessor. The assessment also includes observations of training and reviews of customer feedback. Evidence is also scrutinised by an independent panel every three years, the panel includes someone with lived experience of restraint.  

The Certification process:

1.Initial application 

2.Evaluation − self-evaluation and desktop scrutiny of evidence by assessor, plus observations of training, and the training process, and scrutiny of customer feedback 

3.Review by scheme manager

4.Panel decision 

5.Certification − award of certificated status

6.Maintaining certificated status 

If you would like to find out more about your eligibility and the scope of the scheme, please email certification@bild.org.uk or call 0121 415 6960.