Manual Handling

It is the responsibility of the setting to: 

  • Complete a manual handling risk assessment for an individual child with SEND when required. This should include the specific identified support that may be necessary, adaptations to the environment, and the individual capability of staff who may be supporting the child. The risk assessment should consider both routine manual handling and emergency situations when manual handling procedures may have to be adapted (e.g. evacuation in the event of a fire.)
  • It is important to seek advice from the health professionals working with an individual child, and the parents, who will help inform the settings risk assessment and include specific advice around how a child needs to be supported and how to use any specialist equipment.

If providers need to access manual handling training for their staff they should search for local training providers. Although we cannot recommend any particular training provider there are a number who offer manual handling training in Suffolk including:

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