• Level 3
  • 4 - 6 Hours Duration
  • 1 Year Certificate

Breakaway Training

This breakaway training teaches staff how to protect themselves when positive behaviour support fails and a physical attack happens.

Gain the required skills

This breakaway training teaches staff how to protect themselves when positive behaviour support fails and a physical attack happens.

We will teach your staff baseline knowledge. The remainder of the course can be tailored to your company's needs.

Delegates must be medically fit to partake in this course due to the physical activities undertaken.

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Course Summary

  • Legal frameworks
  • Understand the causes and build up of an attack
  • Actions to avoid being restrained or attacked
  • Safely disengage from being held
  • Safely disengage another person from being held
  • Avoid and defend kicks and punches
  • Post incident actions
  • Record keeping and de-briefing

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    Where Do You Deliver The Breakaway Training?

    We can deliver this training at your premises, as long as it's within the UK. Also, we have our own venues in the Midlands if you don't have access to a training room. In addition, We are able to deliver this training virtually using Zoom (Zoom sessions for this course will only be available for Theory only sessions)

    Who Is This Breakaway Training For?

    This training is for anyone working within the health and social care sector.

    How Many Delegates Can I Have On One Session?

    We will deliver this training for a group of up to 10 delegates. For larger groups we can either provide multiple trainers on the same day or run multiple days to get everyone trained.

    Who Will Conduct The Training?

    One of our expert trainers, who have an abundance of care experience and knowledge – so you’ll be in great hands! Furthermore, we will let you know who is doing the training in advance, you can check out their skills and experience by finding them on our meet the team page.

Breakaway Training Course

This breakaway training  is best combined with our managing challenging behaviour course. Together we conduct both over a full day.

Breakaway training in healthcare refers to specific training that healthcare professionals undergo to learn how to safely handle potentially aggressive or violent situations with patients or clients.

It focuses on understanding the reasons behind aggression and identifying warning signs to respond appropriately. Additionally, breakaway training ensures healthcare professionals are aware of legal frameworks related to self-defense and personal safety within healthcare settings.

  • Course Duration: 4- 6 hours
  • Course Level: Level 3
  • Certificate: 1-year certificate
  • Max Delegates: 10
  • Practical: Yes

Course Outline: Breakaway Training

We have designed this comprehensive breakaway course to equip individuals with the knowledge and skills needed to navigate potentially threatening situations.

The course focuses on prioritising personal safety and adhering to legal frameworks.

1. Legal Frameworks in breakaway training 

Imagine you’re working in a healthcare setting, and a patient becomes agitated and starts lashing out. In the breakaway training course, you will  know what your legal rights are in terms of using force to protect yourself or others. Also, you will understand the importance of proper documentation and reporting to avoid potential legal repercussions.

  • Introduction to relevant legal guidelines and regulations concerning self-defense and personal safety.
  • Understanding the rights and responsibilities when facing an attack or potential harm.

2. Understanding the Causes and Build-up of an Attack

Not every aggressive situation escalates into violence, but it’s important to be able to spot the warning signs. Our Breakaway training will help you understand the triggers and precursor behaviours that may lead to an attack, you can learn to de-escalate situations before they get out of hand.

  • Identifying early warning signs and potential triggers of aggressive behavior.
  • Analysing situational factors that may escalate confrontations.
  • Recognising the importance of situational awareness and proactive decision-making.

3. Actions to Avoid Being Restrained or Attacked

Prevention is always better than cure. In this module, you’ll learn simple yet effective strategies to avoid being restrained or attacked. This includes maintaining awareness of your surroundings, positioning yourself advantageously, and using effective communication to defuse tense situations.

  • Demonstrating proactive techniques to create distance and avoid potentially dangerous situations.
  • Teaching strategies to de-escalate conflicts and defuse aggressive encounters.
  • Understanding the importance of effective communication and conflict resolution.

4. Safely Disengage from Being Held

In the event you find yourself being physically restrained or grabbed, don’t panic. Breakaway training equips you with practical techniques to safely disengage from these situations. You’ll learn how to apply pressure points, use leverage, and break grips to free yourself.

  • Training in practical techniques to break free from physical restraints or holds.
  • Exploring methods to maintain balance and leverage in critical situations.
  • Practicing safe and controlled responses to physical threats.

5. Safely Disengage Another Person from Being Held

Sometimes, you may witness someone else being restrained or attacked. While it’s important to assess the situation carefully, knowing how to intervene safely can make a big difference. This breakaway de-escalation module teaches you appropriate intervention techniques and how to manage potential risks.

  • Participants will learn intervention techniques to assist others who are being restrained or attacked.
  • Understanding how to provide support without endangering oneself or exacerbating the situation.
  • Emphasising teamwork and cooperation during interventions.

6. Avoiding and Defending Against Kicks and Punches

The possibility of kicks and punches in physical assaults necessitates thorough preparation. Breakaway training teaches you how to avoid these attacks by blocking, dodging, and using your body to create barriers. You’ll also learn basic defensive techniques to protect yourself.

  • Developing defensive strategies to evade and protect against kicks and punches.
  • Practicing blocking and counter-attack techniques to neutralise physical threats.
  • Exploring non-violent options to manage aggressive behavior effectively.

7. Post-Incident Actions

After an incident involving physical restraint or attack, it’s essential to follow proper procedures. This includes documenting the incident accurately, reporting it to the appropriate authorities, and debriefing with colleagues to process the experience and identify areas for improvement.

  • Understanding the importance of self-assessment and seeking medical attention if necessary.
  • Comprehending legal obligations, such as reporting incidents and cooperating with authorities.
  • Identifying available support systems for coping with the aftermath of a confrontational event.

8. Record Keeping and De-Briefing

Accurate documentation is vital for legal and safety reasons. Breakaway training emphasises the importance of maintaining detailed records of incidents, including the date, time, location, individuals involved, and a description of what happened. Debriefing provides a safe space to discuss the incident, learn from it, and promote a culture of learning and safety.

  • Highlighting the significance of accurate documentation following any incident.
  • Exploring best practices for recording details and preserving evidence.
  • Conducting de-briefing sessions to analyze responses, identify areas for improvement, and enhance preparedness.


Through a combination of theory, practical exercises, and scenario-based training, participants will gain confidence and competence in handling challenging encounters and ensuring the safety and well-being of themselves and others.


Learning Outcome:

Upon completing the comprehensive breakaway training course, participants will achieve the following learning outcomes:

  1. Understand legal frameworks relevant to personal safety and self-defense in healthcare settings.
  2. Recognise early warning signs and triggers of aggressive behavior, enabling proactive decision-making.
  3. Participants will actively employ techniques to prevent restraint or assault, thereby fostering a safer environment.
  4. Safely disengage from physical restraints or attacks using appropriate maneuvers and methods.
  5. Participants will use intervention techniques to support and ensure the safety of others facing restraint or attack.
  6. Effectively avoid and defend against kicks and punches, mitigating potential harm.
  7. Describe post-incident actions, including proper record-keeping and debriefing, for continuous improvement and learning.

Participants will gain confidence in navigating challenging encounters while prioritizing personal safety, de-escalation, and legal compliance in healthcare settings.



How long does breakaway training take?

Typically, breakaway training takes 4-6 hours to fully demonstrate all practical techniques and address questions, providing valuable skills for handling challenging work situation.

Breakaway Training Benefits: Employees and Organisation

Benefits to workers:

  1. Enhanced personal safety and self-protection skills.
  2. Improved communication and de-escalation skills.
  3. Reduced stress and anxiety in potentially dangerous situations.
  4. Increased confidence in handling challenging encounters.
  5. Empowerment to take control and protect oneself.
  6. Reduced risk of injury or harm.
  7. Improved self-esteem and overall well-being.

Benefits to the organisation:

  1. Reduced liability and legal risks.
  2. Enhanced teamwork, mutual respect, and a shared commitment to safety.
  3. Improved organisational culture and employee morale.
  4. Reduced absenteeism and presenteeism due to safety concerns.
  5. Enhanced brand reputation for prioritising employee safety and well-being.
  6. Potential for cost savings related to workplace violence incidents.
  7. Increased productivity and efficiency due to a safer and more supportive work environment.
  8. A competitive advantage in attracting and retaining top talent.


 Breakaway Training FAQs

1. Can I request customised training for my organisation?

Certainly! Tailored breakaway training course options are available for organisations to ensure that the content aligns specifically with their needs and scenarios. Get in touch with us to discuss how we can customise the training to suit the unique requirements of your organisation.


2. Why should care professional take a breakaway course?

healthcare worker should take a breakaway training to:

    • Stay Safe: Learn how to handle tough situations safely in healthcare.
    • Calm Things Down: Get strategies to make tense situations with patients or visitors less intense.
    • Handle Tough Situations with Confidence: Feel more sure about dealing with challenging moments at work.
    • Legal Reasons: Understand the legal stuff about self-defense and keeping patients safe.
    • Stay Safe in Challenging Situations: Learn effective strategies to escape from situations where someone might harm you.
    • Put Patients First in Tricky Situations: Make sure patients are okay while also keeping the place safe.

3. What will I learn in the breakaway course?

The breakaway course will equip you with practical skills to handle challenging situations where someone might be restrained or attacked. It’s all about keeping everyone safe and knowing what to do in tough spots.

4. Is the breakaway training suitable for beginners?

Yes, the training is perfect for beginners. It teaches the basics you need to handle tough situations. Anyone, no matter how much experience they have, can join and learn important skills.

5. Are there any physical fitness requirements for the course?

The course accommodates participants with diverse levels of physical fitness. It focuses on techniques executable by individuals with varying physical abilities, ensuring inclusivity and adaptability.

6. Who is the target audience for the breakaway training nhs?

The major target audience for the comprehensive breakaway training nhs includes:

    1. Healthcare Professional
    2. Social Workers
    3. Educators
    4. Caregivers and Support Workers
    5. Emergency Responders and First Responders

7. Will I receive a certification after completing the breakaway course?

Absolutely! Upon successfully completing the Breakaway Training Course, participants receive a certification acknowledging their proficiency in the skills imparted during the training.

9. What is breakaway training in NHS

Breakaway training in the NHS (National Health Service) pertains to a specialised programme crafted to equip healthcare professionals with skills to safely manage challenging or potentially confrontational situations.

The training centres around techniques that enable individuals to physically disengage from difficult situations while prioritising the safety of both the healthcare provider and the individuals involved.


10. What are the examples of NHS breakaway techniques in care?

  • Wrist release: Use this technique to free your wrist from a grab or hold by using swift, controlled movements.
  • Elbow escape: Use this technique to maneuver your elbow to create space and release from an assailant’s grip.
  • Back step: Use this technique to step back and away from the aggressor to create distance and reduce the risk of further escalation.
  • Verbal de-escalation: Use this communication technique to defuse tense situations with calm and assertive words and avoid physical confrontations.
  • Using physical barriers: Use furniture or other objects to create a barrier between you and the patient.
  • Calling for help: Call for help from colleagues or security personnel if the situation escalates.


As I have told others... It is the best, most informative training I have ever attended