Breakaway Skills

Course Outline

This course teaches a set of physical techniques to enable staff to defend themselves against a physical assault whilst undertaking their employment duties. Skills may be needed in some care environments to manage challenging behaviour safely. Depending on the risks faced in the role, our breakaway skills course will teach safe, legal and non violent disengagement skills through to rescue, escorting and holding skills, which may be particularly relevant in mental health, learning disability, dementia care, residential settings along with many other settings. The techniques taught involve the minimum possible use of force, and are designed to promote the safety of both the staff members and aggressor.

Who should attend?

This course is aimed at formal and informal staff and anyone who comes into contact with aggressive, clients and members of the public as part of their normal working activity. It is particularly important in reducing risks to all involved.

This course covers

By the end of the course, staff will learn to deal effectively with incidents of potential violence or aggression, enabling staff to recognise the warning signs of a potentially violent situation and take steps to prevent it from escalating. It will enable staff to recognise different aspects of conflict that they may encounter and to be able to understand and be aware of the different methods of resolving such conflicts. The breakaway skills session will teach a set of physical skills, which will enable a person to escape from a wide variety of possible assaults against them.

The types of attacks considered will include:

  • Wrist grabs
  • Hair pulls
  • Neck grabs
  • Clothing grabs
  • Bear hugs


1 day

Other information

Course Tools & Assessment Method
Power point Presentation, Syndicate Exercises, Practical Exercises and Group Discussion. Learner’s knowledge is evidenced by verbal or written questioning.

Certification given on completion.