Safer Handling Soft Restraint Kit

Soft Restraint Belt® - Safe Holding System® - Soft Restraint Cuffs® - Safer Emergency Enveloping Lifting Sling®

Safer Handling provide humane, ethical, extensively reviewed and tested restraint equipment products, train the trainer programmes and consultancy.


Made of “tough cloth” the Soft Restraint equipment, which includes, cuffs, belts and a safe holding system® and accessories, was designed and developed to offer staff superior control of a person where there is a need to safely control and transport a person and to prevent those who attempt to self harm. It provides a softer, more humane alternative to the other intrusive methods of control and restraint. It is a lightweight, uniquely simple device that is ergonomically designed to provide comfort for the person; but still provides optimum strength to the equipment. 

Soft Restraints® have been tested in accordance with EN ISO 10535 and reviewed by the Home office’s preferred leading medical expert.  They are designed to reduce injuries and subsequent litigation and often provide the least intrusive option available. Clients who have benefited from the kit across the world include healthcare, forensic settings, child and adolescent services, special education, prisons, policing and patient transport.


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The Soft Restraint Cuff® Cuff has been designed and developed over many years and offers staff a vital tool in the risk reduction toolbox where there is a need to safely hold, control or transport a person. It provides a softer more humane alternative to metal handcuffs. Metal and plastic cuffs lack flexibility and often have edges which frequently result in injury, such as fractures, soft tissue injuries and handcuffing neuropathy. Soft-cuffs® provide a less invasive alternative to prolonged manual holding, especially during procedures and treatments or where a person is frail or has adverse skin, tissue or bone conditions. Soft-cuffs can be used in conjunction with the Soft Restraint Belt and are used internationally and here at home with multiple case studies and care plans ready to be implemented.

The SRC allows for wrists that do not fit into regular handcuffs to be restrained securely. Too big or too small the SRC fits them all.

Soft Restraint Belt®

The Soft Restraint Belt® is proven to reduce injuries and subsequent litigation and provides
the least intrusive option to staff using manual holds. The SRB can be used to negate the need to hold someone in manual restraint and gives the effect of ‘putting handles’ on the body, allowing upper and lower torso control of a violent, injured or passive subject.


The SRB is intended to be applied to assist in the
removal of a person from the prone face down position as soon as possible. Compliant with Health & Safety Manual Handling Regulations and international guidance on reducing restrictive practices, the SRB ensures staff have the potential to handle, lift, support and move challenging or injured individuals in the course of their employment, including administering personal care.


The Safe Holding System®

Safer Handling, Safe Holding System is a Soft Restraint Belt with Soft-cuffs fixed in place.

Offering staff superior control where there is a need to safely hold, turn or transport a person, the SHS assists in the prevention of self-injurious behaviour. This enables the wearer a far greater degree of freedom to engage in meaningful  activities as part of their rehabilitation or recovery programme.

The Safe Holding System offers a valuable stepping stone to transition wearers out of seclusion, long term segregation, or from more restrictive mechanical restraints whilst ensuring
the safety of all. 



Safer Emergency Enveloping Lifting Sling

The SEELS is a piece of specialist lifting equipment to be used to lift and carry a person between locations. The SEELS may be used for emergency evacuation, where there is an urgent need to move a casualty away from danger, e.g. fire, to safely move a person where Soft Restraint Belts (SRB’s) are in use or, where a handcuffed person may be placed at risk by being lifted unaided.

The SEELS is a CE marked medical device made by our trusted UK manufacturer and medically reviewed.

Specially made from breathable material with a low friction fabric added to the outside which facilitates easy application of the sling. Tough, washable and durable, the SEELS is an invaluable asset to anyone planning to manage the safe transport or relocation of larger, potentially combative persons, as part of your crisis management plan. Featuring a simplistic traffic light system and multi-tiered ergonomic handles, the SEELS allows multiple staff members to aid with what could potentially be a hazardous manual handling activity.

Soft Restraint Kit Training
The Soft Restraint equipment is not issued or sold without certified training. This has been a key issue with the nationally and internationally established credibility with the device.
The training programme is tailored to ensure it is “profession specific” and based on the needs and requirements of your staff and service users.  We povide training both in the UK and Internationally and offer in-house and open course for End-Users and Train the Trainer courses, plus Online Courses

Course Aim


The aim of this course is to instruct participants in the underpinning legal knowledge and the working principles of how to use Soft Restraint equipment safely.


Course Objectives


1. Identify the Component Parts of the Soft Restraint.

2. Identify the Risks Associated with the use of the Soft Restraint.

3. Understand the Health & Safety implications with regards to the use of the Soft Restraint

4. Understand the Law in relation to the Soft Restraint as a Use of Force option.

5. Apply and Remove the Soft Restraint in a Safe and Effective Manner.

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Product Information and Brochure

The Benefits of Soft Restraints include: - 


• Easy to use

• Very cost effective

• Reduces prolonged restraint

• Makes people handling easier

• Does not restrict breathing

• Has techniques for feeding, sitting someone sown, carrying and moving subjects


Further information about the Soft Restraint Kit and the SEELS (Safer Emergency Enveloping Lifting Sling) can be found in our brochure, simply click the image of the brochure or here

If you want to discuss how our equipment can help you and your service users and to book a free demonstration please get in touch.


"We integrated a patient from long term seclusion using the Safe Holding System, which meant we could now get her out twice a day with minimum incidents arising which is a huge change to her care (she was only getting out 15 minutes a week before – with incidents on most occasions!)".  

“The Soft Restraints allow us to administer personal care safely”.

"Using the Soft Restraints has reduced staff injuries drastically"                                                              

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