Juvenile Justice

Handle With Care program is used by more than 15 states and 100s of juvenile courts, county and city detention and probation facilities in over 40 states.

Handle With Care been training youth care workers in juvenile justice since 1985, and is the only crisis intervention system with the safety, power and versatility to adapt to the unique demands of every youth in your care.

Handle With Care teaches:

  • Verbal intervention and de-escalation
  • Personal Defense: Defense of self and others (3rd person saves and youths engaging in self harm)
  • Physical Restraint: standing, seated and floor
  • Escort/Transport
  • Handcuffing (where applicable)
  • Special Interventions: breaking up fights, pregnant females, medical or other orthopedic or health restrictions, managing smaller/larger youth, therapeutic use of seclusion and/or mechanical restraints (where applicable)

For more secure juvenile facilities HWC has specialized interventions including:

  • Non-lethal personal defense and defense of others techniques not taught in HWC.
  • High speed takedown
  • Training a specialized intervention or CERT team for room extraction: with and without shield
  • Non-lethal weapon disarms (with and without shield)
  • Additional restraint and control techniques not taught in HWC i.e. for larger youth and handcuffing off of these additional restraint and control techniques
  • Additional escort techniques not taught in HWC i.e. for larger youthHWC has been extensively evaluated by leading forensic (forensic pathologists) experts, state policy makers, chief medical examiners, law enforcement, schools, doctors, nurses, paraprofessionals, licensed social workers, teachers, principals, superintendents, state approval boards in Juvenile Justice, Education, Human and Family Services.  HWC has also been reviewed by Dr. Michael Baden, formerly the chief medical examiner for NYS and arguably the foremost forensic (pathologist) authority in the United States.HWC’s proprietary holding method, the Primary Restraint Technique®  or PRT® is patented for its safeguards to prevent positional asphyxia. These safeguards are additionally designed to prevent any other type of medical emergency.

HWC offers two training options:

  • On-Site Training: HWC sends a trainer to you
  • Seminar Training:  Your facility sends people to one of our seminars


After evaluating training provided by five vendors providing services to the state {it was determined that] HWC is the sole vendor who can provide [DFY with] the services required.

Judith Blair, Director of Training, NYS Division for Youth (NY)

For more information contact us:
Tel: 845-255-4031
E-mail: info@handlewithcare.com