what is breakaway trainingWhat is breakaway training?

In any line of work, there comes a time when confrontation is inevitable. Most of the time this manifests itself verbally. Sometimes, however, physical confrontations can arise. Some sectors, in particular the care sector, are more prone to physical confrontations and no matter how hard you try to resolve problematic issues, threatening behaviour is unavoidable.

Breakaway training aims to deal with these threatening situations by teaching the delegate the correct procedures for protecting themselves and those around them. It’s very similar to self-defence in the way that it teaches protection and breakaway techniques in circumstances of aggression and physical assault. This is vital for anyone working in a care environment, as patients can sometimes be physically aggressive due to behavioural issues.

Importantly, breakaway training demonstrates how to cope with physically aggressive behaviour in relation to your duty of care.

The remainder of this article aim to answer the question “what is breakaway training” and to give helpful advise.

Why is breakaway training important

Breakaway training is important for two main reasons. Firstly, It teaches you to protect yourself and others from physical attacks. Other people who could be in danger are patients, members of staff, visitors or the general public. Aside from learning how to protect yourself and others, breakaway training teaches key points in law, in particular, health and safety legislation.

Is breakaway training for me?

As mentioned before, confrontation in the workplace is inevitable and although we hope you never have to utilise your breakaway training in the workplace, having it as a skill is vital should a situation ever occur. As a carer, it is your responsibility to look after those who are vulnerable and less able than yourself and breakaway training facilitates this to some extent.

Physical attacks can occur in a variety of situations such as whilst standing, sitting behind a desk, lying down or in a car. The point is that by learning how to deal with attacks in different situations you can effectively resolve the issue.

Warning signs and danger signs

With breakaway training, it’s important to be aware of warning signs and danger signs, so let’s take a look at the difference between the two. When warning signs manifest it might be possible to intervene and attempt to resolve the situation. However, with danger signs, it is recommended that you leave and pursue help from security staff or the police. Below is a list of both warning and danger signs.

Warning signs

  • Direct, prolonged eye contact
  • Standing tall
  • Exagerated movements
  • Breathing rate increases
  • Quick movements
  • Shifting weight from one foot to the other

Danger signs

  • Fist clenching
  • Lips tighten over teeth
  • Hands rise above the waist
  • Shoulders tense
  • Stance moves from square to sideways
  • Facial colour may pale

Our breakaway training course

Here at Caring for Care, we offer you a half-day breakaway training course as well as more advanced one day or two-day advanced courses. It covers subjects such as 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 and record keeping and de-briefing. Additionally, the content is 100% bespoke and tailored to your business needs and requirements.

Click here to view our breakaway training course page.

If our breakaway training sounds interesting, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01782 563333.


NHS – http://www.nhsprofessionals.nhs.uk/elearning/Documents/TCM-Course-Workbook.pdf

Able training – http://www.able-training.co.uk/training-course/breakaway-restraint-techniques/

Youtube – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JF4ydnQ9iW4