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Moving and Handling Service


Available to: Maintained and Academy Schools

As follows: Pay as used

Get in touch

Contact: Phillip Nartey

Telephone: 01709 336418

Mobile: 07717 733249


Service description

The Moving & Handling Service enables schools to meet their Health and Safety obligations regarding staff training and statutory responsibilities for the safety of children/young people in their care such as follows:

  • Health and Safety at Work Act, 1974 (HASAWA, 1974) Section 2 & 7
  • Manual Handling Operations Regulations, 1992 (MHOR, 1992) Regulation 4, Guidance Notes
  • Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations, 1999 (MHSWR, 1999), Regulation 13

Having suitably trained staff will enable schools and settings to respond to needs identified in a child/young person’s statement or Education, Health & Care Plan (EHCP), or might be used to provide evidence of safeguarding for Ofsted as part of their local offer and in fulfilment of their statutory responsibilities.

Service details

The aims of the service are:

  • To enable inclusion of children / young people with health, medical, personal care or disability issues to access education in their local school
  • To ensure that the needs of child / young person are met by appropriately trained competent and confident staff
  • To provide advice and support for staff
  • To improve the quality of care provided to children / young people within schools and settings

Due to the delegation of centrally-held funding from April 2016, the service is to be charged to all schools and settings.

Service Options and Charges

Consultancy Service - Advice, Guidance and Support

Qualified practitioner support from the Manual Handling Co-ordinator including:

  • Multi-disciplinary site visits to assess and advise on the manual handling needs of the children/staff
  • Assisting schools and settings in the preparation planning for child and parents, staff and school prior to the child /young person starting school and transition between key stages (e.g. travel to school, how the child /young person gets around the building, assessing disabled toilet facilities, evacuation in an emergency)
  • Advice on school outings, risk assessments, child /young person's personal/intimate care needs, etc.
  • Signposting parents and school staff to other support agencies or sources of useful information – including liaison with physiotherapists and occupational therapists to ensure the child's/young person's needs are met
  • Support to schools when reasonable adjustments need to be made to support pupils with a 'temporary' disability
  • Supporting the annual review process

Moving and Handling Training – Overview

Training is designed to provide an opportunity for staff to gain knowledge and practical skills of the basic principles with regards to moving and handling and risk assessment.

Moving and Handling training MUST be attended before staff are able to assist children with more complex physiotherapy exercise programmes.

Course objectives

  • To understand the principles of manual handling and the governing legislation in relation to the workplace
  • To understand the causative factors of work related injuries and especially low back pain and the potential problems associated with injuries at work
  • To understand the importance of back care/ spinal awareness and to promote it into the workplace
  • To be able to identify risks and hazards in the working environment and have the ability to work through the risk assessment procedure to a satisfactory conclusion
  • To understand the principles of moving and handling, demonstrating a high degree of competence in object handling and moving and handling people
  • To understand the importance of the individual mobility assessment and the importance of the correct selection of handling techniques in order to meet individual needs.
  • To demonstrate good organisational and team skills in a practical handling setting

Topics covered include;

  • Underpinning Theory, Knowledge & Understanding – including spinal anatomy & posture, legislation, risk assessments, safe handling principles, unsafe manoeuvres etc. This package of training MUST be attended before you can attend bespoke training for individual children.
  • Inanimate Load Handling & Practical Application of Ergonomics
  • Sitting, Standing, Walking Techniques
  • Bed Mobility Techniques
  • Hoisting Techniques
  • Lateral Transfers
  • Wheelchair Awareness
  • VDU / DSE / Workstation Assessment Guidance
  • Personal/Intimate Care Guidance
  • Writing Risk Assessments
  • Overview of Moving & Handling Equipment for People
  • Emergency Evacuation Equipment
  • Working with Children in Early Years Settings & Working at or near Floor level
  • Moving & Handling for Drivers and Escorts of Pupils with Disabilities. £4,800 per school or setting which provides consultancy and training for a period of up to 0.5 days per week per term

Duration of each training package:

6 hour Induction course delivered in two 3-hour modules (can be over a single day) and comprises Underpinning Theory Module followed by a practical module bespoke to the individual needs of the pupil.

3 hour Update / Refresher course (Equivalent to ½ day training). Certification of attendance provided.

Each course is valid for 1 year ONLY, with an Annual mandatory update / refresher required.

Price includes tuition, training equipment, assessment and certificate.

ALL courses are subject to minimum delegate numbers.

Service delivered on school site or at Kimberworth Place or alternative site dependent on the individual needs and requirements of the child / young person involved).

Consultancy – advisory, guidance and support
Hourly Rate - £95 (Minimum 2 hours)

Prepaid options:

Annual Contract 1
1 day a year - £360.00

Annual Contract 2
6 days a year - £2130.00 (£355.00 a day)

Annual Contract 3
9 days a year - £3150.00 (£350.00 a day)

Schools and settings requiring higher levels of support e.g. Newman/Kelford/Hilltop Schools or other settings with ongoing complex needs.

Training Charges:

£60.00 per delegate – full day training (minimum charge of £360.00)

£40.00 per delegate – half day training (minimum charge of £240.00)

NB: - Each training course is valid for 1 year ONLY, (unless otherwise stated), with an Annual Mandatory update / refresher required.

Please note: five working days minimum is required for training to be cancelled; otherwise a cost of 50% will be charged.

See the Service Level Agreement