Breakaway and Restraint - Higher risk (advanced)
Course Description

In-House Certification



This is a three to five day advanced breakaway and restraint course that is aimed at high risk environments which require staff to step past the lower risk techniques due to the level of aggression or situation.

This physical intervention training course explores the six stages of managing aggression and challenging behaviour, from understanding the causes of and reducing challenging behaviour, de-escalating aggressive behaviour, physical and non-physical defensive strategies, guiding techniques and control & restraint /safer-holding techniques.

The course will be individually tailored to support either the child care setting, elderly/dementia care, learning disability sector, mental health or drugs and alcohol abuse or whichever combination the workplace requires.

Three day course

Over the first two days the course explores the causes of challenging behaviour within the required setting and pro-active strategies for reducing behaviours, de-escalation strategies for managing a situation once it has escalated, dynamic risk assessment principles to help staff recognise the appropriate course of action and then the law regarding physical intervention.

It then teaches staff physical techniques including disengagement, defence techniques, basic guiding and holding/restraint techniques for varying risk levels and situations. These techniques are currently being taught to various personnel working within the NHS, residential & nursing homes, schools, foster care and other organisations.

On day three, advanced techniques that are taught include relocating from the floor, floor holds and higher risk standing restraints.

Four to five day courses – recommended for high risk environments.

The course content is as above but we include a full day of conflict management, managing challenging behaviour and de-escalation training before we progress to the physical skills. The physical skills training goes to a higher level of intensity exploring scenarios and situations and giving staff additional time to practice and improve their skills.

The physical intervention techniques taught on the course have been independently medically risk assessed by the Institute Of Conflict Management and incorporates techniques that are taught within the guide lines of :

  • NHS Protect
  • BILD (British Institute of Learning Disabilities)
  • Department of Education
  • Department of Health

and meet:

  • Standards of other commercially driven training systems that teach control & restraint and physical intervention techniques
  • Skills for Health
  • Skills for Care.

Practical skills will be taught within the context of the dynamic risk assessment and the focus of the techniques taught will vary on the organisational needs (e.g. primary school setting will be different to adult mental health).


Contact us for more information on this Advanced Breakaway and Restraint Physical Intervention Training Course by completing the enquiry form on the right or using the buttons below.

Attendees will be able to:

List the possible causes of challenging behaviour
Demonstrate de-escalation principles in the event of aggression
Define the term ‘reasonable force’ and apply its principles
Understand the law relating to Self Defence and Physical Intervention
Perform a dynamic risk assessment
Identify the importance of recording and debriefing
Demonstrate effective defensive physical techniques (including- wrist, hair, throat and clothing grabs, punches, kicks, third party assistance and escorting/guiding techniques)
Demonstrate effective 1 – 3 person restraint techniques in standing, walking and sitting positions (can include bed)
Practice and reflect the importance of ‘Letting Go’ safely
Demonstrate higher level restraints in standing, kneeling and sitting positions
Support an individual in a floor position and relocate them from the floor
Practice effective escalation and de-escalation of techniques

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