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Breakaway Training

Prevention and Management of Violence and Aggression (PMVA) Training specialist
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This training from MHC-TRAINING is for all staff in Health & Social Care. It follows CSTF standards and incorporates standards guided by BILD/RRN & The GSA.

Breakaway Training

Breakaway techniques are skills used by staff to diffuse, disengage, manage or otherwise de-escalate a potentially aggressive scenario. They incorporate Speed, Surprise and Skill Principles [3Ss]. Candidates also learn to employ the DEAR/NEAR Principles [De-escalte or Negotiate, Exit, Assistance and Reasonable Force]

Breakaway is aimed at healthcare professionals who are at risk of immediate physical assault. It is aimed to help staff to disengage from scenarios that pose a risk. These techniques are used where verbal de-escalation has failed.

Once the course is completed, all candidates should display an understanding of the following:

Types of common assault, Factors affecting behaviour which may result in assault, Understanding the importance of communication, Understanding of PBS and Safewards Principles, Demonstrate the skills taught, Use of verbal de-escalating approach and documentation, Understanding the Fighting Arc and the Assault Cycle.

Course Content

  • NEAR/DEAR Principles/ 3 SSS/ Fighting ARC
  • Safety Rules and Warm Up (Pulse Raiser/Mobility Exercises/Stretching)


  • Braced/Non-aggressive Wrist Grab
  • Parallel Wrist-Grab
  • Parallel Wrist-Grab – assisted
  • Diagonal Wrist-Grab
  • 2 Handed Wrist-Grab to Single Wrist
  • 2 Handed grab to both wrists


  • Bite on forearm
  • Scratches

Clothing/Neck Grabs

  • Single-handed grab from front to clothing or neck
  • Double handed grab from front to clothing or neck

Hair Grabs

  • 1 and 2 handed front hair grab (guide down)
  • 1 handed hair pull from behind (top of head)
  • 2 handed hair pull from behind (top of head)
  • 1 and 2 handed grabs from behind (Pony Tail/collar) Option staff may bring both hands past the side of their own head to engage grip on their own ponytail

Strangles and Headlocks

  • Rear Forearm Strangle
  • Multiple Punch Evasion – Cover & Go
  • Kicks defence the from the floor (demonstration only)
    Additional GSA Techniques included:
    Lead Tutor to sign confirming all techniques taught:

What Our Users Say About Us

I have attended several courses with MHC Training in the past and believe them to be the best in terms of relevancy and content. From the tutors and fellow delegates to the takeaway materials.

Victoria B

This was a very interactive workshop compared to those available from other providers who feel more like lectures. The day really fine-tuned my skills and the updates I have received since mean I can continue my learning into the future.

Kate Young
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Health & Safety Requirements

Completion of Fitness Questionnaire. This will aid the tutor to identify and possibly rectify the teaching process for each individual candidate. It is advisable to be honest about any conditions as MHC-TRAINING will not be liable for any issues that the tutors are unaware of. Wear suitable clothing, preferably tracksuit bottoms and a loose top. Trainers are to be worn and no hard-soled shoes as mats will be used. Knee pads are available for candidates that require them. Excessive jewellery is to be avoided for your and others’ safety. Hair must be tied back and nails cut short.

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