Breakaway and Avoidance

This Breakaway and Avoidance course is suitable for all staff potentially facing violence and aggression. It is available as both a half and full day option.


This course is designed for those who may face aggression or violence in the workplace. It gives attendees tools to help them recognise, avoid and deal with aggressive and violent situations. It focuses on aggression and conflict management along with safe escape and breakaway techniques.

This course is available as both a half and full day option.

Course Contents

  • Legislation
  • Reasonable Force (Criminal Law Act 1967)
  • Dave Rocky Bennett (NICE Guidelines)
  • Violence and aggression
  • Behaviours
  • The anger continuum
  • Communication methods
  • Verbal communication
  • Non-verbal communication
  • Barriers to communication
  • De-escalation
  • Mental Capacity Act 2005

Practical Techniques for Breakaway and Avoidance:

  • Creating a window of opportunity
  • Strikes
  • Hair pulls
  • Wrist grabs
  • Bites
  • Clothing grabs
  • Grab from behind
  • Arm around neck
  • Pinching/nipping
  • Ligature
  • Safe holds appropriate to the patient and environment

Course Outcomes

This High Quality Training Course has been Independently Certified by The CPD Certification Service, giving learners a nationally recognised and transferable certificate upon completion.

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