Breakaway and De-escalation



Learn how to stay safe with a comprehensive and effective range of strategies to manage difficult situations. There may be times where employees have to disengage themselves from others by using minimum force.


If your employees potentially face an aggressive situation at work, then the ability to de-escalate a volatile situation or ‘breakaway’ from an aggressor is vital.  Breakaway is defined as a person’s safe movement or moving away from danger as well as defending attacks such as slaps, punches, grabs etc. We only use appropriate physical skills that are easy to learn, easy to remember and that have a track record of effectiveness.


The Breakaway & De-Escalation Training course is run over a full day.  

If you require a different delivery arrangement, please contact us to discuss this further. 


By the end of the training course, participants will be better prepared and able to -

  • Apply reasonable and justifiable break away techniques in the work-place relevant to their work setting and to the level of threat that they may face.
  • Have a clear understanding of their rights and responsibilities.
  • Have a comprehensive understand of the ethical and legal aspects surrounding the use of force.
  • Understand the need of documentation and keeping records. 


The Breakaway and De-Escalation Training content is tailored to your organisation and we will discuss your requirement with you prior to the training event.

It includes –

How to respond to situations

  • Understanding the reasons for and build up to being attacked or grabbed.
  • How to read and gain an understanding of the situation to avoid any risks.
  • How do we inadvertently put ourselves at risk? How to understand our own psychology.
  • Using techniques to de-escalate conflict.
  • Using techniques of how to maintain composure.

Ethical and Legal Framework

  • What are the rights and responsibilities when using force?

Physical Vulnerability

  • What are the possible outcomes of being injured at work?
  • Our body – which parts are most vulnerable to physical attack?

Positioning and Managing Space

  • What are the warning signs that might lead to a physical incident?
  • Managing space and positioning to avoid the need to disengage from a strike or grab.

Breakaway Techniques

  • Learning of breakaway techniques from attacks and putting them into practice. This includes biting, wrist grab, front and rear strangle, arm grab, front and rear clothing grab as well as front and rear hair pull.
  • Learn the techniques to safely disengage another person from being help and put into practice.

Recording of Incidents

  • Understanding how to carry out post incident debriefing.
  • Understanding the necessary policy frameworks and the importance of record keeping.

If you would like more information about our Breakaway & De-escalation training or would like to discuss how this course can be tailored to your needs, please contact us by calling 0845 548 0521 or using the enquiry form on the contact page.


Find out everything you need to know in less than 10 minutes

This course will outline a simple, logical and legally robust framework in managing disruptive behaviour.

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Breakaway and De-escalation

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