Breakaway Training

Breakaway TrainingThis Breakaway Training course teaches just a few effective techniques that are simple to use, and as safe as possible for both “you” and the “client” The techniques are easy to learn and (in many cases) can be used in a variety of different situations. We focus on simple techniques believing that if a move is complicated most staff will not remember how to use it effectively over time. Although this course is intended for anyone who may face physical aggression from clients or service users it also recognises that many grabs hair pulls or holds are from service users who may just want your attention rather than to hurt you. This course is most suited for and delivered by people who are NOT COMBAT TRAINED!

Breakaway Training Course Content

  • Breakaway TrainingPersonal Safety & The Law – delegates will be able to understand the Law in relation to the use of force for personal Defence and / or the Defence of others.
  • Dynamic Risk Assessment – delegates will be able to use their observational and listening skills to rapidly identify the relative dangerousness of any given situation.
  • The importance of non-verbal communication including promotion of personal space.
  • The basic breakaway strategy – the simplest thing you can do to breakaway from an assault?
  • The importance of the spoken word.
  • De-escalation Strategies – delegates will share best practice in being able to use verbal and non-verbal communication skills to defuse anger or distress.
  • Identifying the types of common assaults staff could experience and whether this is an act of:
    • Communication
    • Warning
    • Attack
  • Common assaults and breakaway methods: – Hand shake, cuddle, inappropriate touch, hand grab; wrist grab; collar grab; grab from behind; front bear hug; rear bear hug; hair grab; other grabs; front strangle; rear strangle; biting; scratching etc.
  • Demonstration Practice Observation and Review of breakaway disengagements.
  • The importance of reporting all incidents of aggression and violence.
  • Course Review and assessment of learning.

Breakaway Training Methodology

  • We have a maximum number of delegates of 10 per Instructor and a minimum of 2 instructors on each course.
  • We realise that many staff attending a breakaway course are very apprehensive as they are not sure what to expect. This introduction aims to put your minds at rest.
  • You are not there to throw each other around. It is about learning techniques to escape safely from an aggressor when all else has failed, to give you the confidence to be able to escape without injury to yourselves or the assailant, and to get help.
  • You will find the course is designed not only to be informative, but also fun. It does not require strength or the need to be especially fit. Staff of all ages and abilities can participate, although we will want you to tell us if you have any medical conditions, which might limit your participation.
  • You will find all the instructors very approachable and willing to help. Please come along and enjoy the training.


This is a one-day course.


Kelron Health & Safety are qualified instructors through the National Network of Training Consultants, giving delegates a nationally recognised qualification and the assurance of the quality of tuition and materials.

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    In the unlikely event of a course failing to reach any minimum student number, you will be offered a full refund or a place on the next available course.

    Irish Safety & Health Trainers Network