BILD Update / Read for Full Details

You might have received an email from RRN, CQC, HEE & Skills for Care stating that the BILD certification training is mandatory. To clarify this is NOT mandatory. The reason why its not mandatory is because the parts of the Mental Health Units (use of force) Act 2018 that relates to what the Restraint Reduction Network (RRN) Standards and BILD Act certification is offering has not as yet been forthcoming from the Secretary of State for Health. Therefore, the current situation is that compliance with the RRN standards is NOT a legal mandatory requirement.

This email also states where service provider organisations commission training from a commercial training organisation they must ensure that the commercial training provider has been certified by the BILD Act certification, that requirement was decided on the basis of an NHS standard contract only and NOT BY LAW. That means that the requirement has been set as a condition of contract and NOT a legislative mandatory one.

CQC Sanctions regarding the BILD Act certification scheme. There are NO legitimate sanctions that can be imposed and if any illegitimate sanctions were unfairly imposed that had a negative or disproportionate and adverse effect on the service, the service users, staff or someone’s business then that would possibly leave CQC open to a range of legal challenges.

SBRT Ltd (UK) Limited will not be seeking accreditation under the new PI accreditation which was due to come into effect in April 2020, but are now looking at April 2021. The decision not to pursue the new accreditation is due to our opinion that there is no actual benefit in being accredited through this scheme. One concern is that it doesn’t actually accredit the physical intervention techniques, despite being called a “training standards” accreditation scheme. Another concern we have is that we cannot see how the accreditation process embraces or compliments other current statutory and common law legislation with regards to the use of force that applies to all UK citizens. In addition, the insistence that certain techniques that may be necessary to reduce risk, which (if honestly recorded) will result in failure to achieve the accreditation, means that we cannot adopt the new accreditation scheme on health and safety grounds. There are a number of other factors that we have taken into consideration in coming to this decision, such as: the financial implications, the restrictions on how training can be delivered, and the lack of clarity on certain areas such as the qualifications and experience of the individuals who may be tasked with inspection.

As a result, SBRT Ltd (UK) Limited will not be seeking to become accredited under the new scheme.

Information regarding BILD & RRN below:

Mark Dawes from NFPS who we have worked alongside for years has published a number of blog posts on this subject and the latest one is here –

Just to clarify that BILD have no legal standing as regards insisting that you having their training, and to clarify that all our instructors are Members of the National Federation of Personal Safety (NFPS), and just remember that BTEC qualifications are recognized World-wide, and we have the following qualifications:


  • NFPS Level 3 Diploma in the Prevention & Management of Violence & Aggression
  • NFPS/BTEC Level 3 Restraint Instructors Award Course.
  • NFPS/BTEC Level 3 Self Defence Instructors Award Course.
  • NFPS/BTEC Level 3 Conflict Management Training Award Course.
  • NFPS/BTEC Level 3 Handcuff and Soft Cuff Instructors Award.
  • Safe Schools Train the Trainer. Training in systems & processes to provide evidence that will support the RRN, OFSTED & CARE HOMES STANDARDS
  • We also have received various awards for “best personal safety training provider” 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 & 2021. See the web site and our brochure


  • We as a company have had the physical aspects of the training risk assessed, and this goes in line with what the department of health recommend. (Please see below). We also have BTEC industry recognized qualifications and are accredited through NFPS.
  • SBRT Ltd courses are aligned to the D o H Positive and Proactive Care Guidance, DfEE Guidance for Schools, Skills for Care and Skills for Health guidelines and NICE guidance and follow the All Wales Passport to do with safe restraints to name a few

To give you some idea of the professionalism of NFPS members please go onto the websites of the following credible people that are heading up the NFPS Federation

NFPS Advisory Board:

Mark & Deborah Dawes –

Eric Baskind –

Dr Tony Bleetman –

Colan Ash BSc, MSc, CMIOSH, RSP, CChem, MRSC –

If you require any further information, then please do not hesitate in contacting us.

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