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Breakaway Training (Disengagement)

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Quick Overview

Breakaway training is a classroom course.

It can also be known in some situations known as disengagement and physical intervention training.

Dealing with people with behavioural difficulties can be challenging. We will give your staff the knowledge and skills to prevent and manage these challenges should reduce the frequency and intensity of the behaviour. It is highly recommended that the course is delivered following training in preventing challenging behaviour and promoting positive behaviour training. This is because physical intervention should always only be used in the context of a last resort. This course involves simple, safe breakway techniques that allow staff to step back from physical danger and re-engage to de-escalate. The course is classroom based.



Breakaway training (also known as disenagegment and physical restraint is for staff working in care settings and who support individuals may exhibit behaviours that challenge, right up to, and including any physically challenging, unsafe or dangerous behaviours, including assault, which may require disengagment.

SecuriCare are an ICM Quality Award centre, and can accredit breakaway and physical intervention training.


The course aims to build on existing knowledge by looking at the causes of challenging behaviour, and examining proactive measures as well as reactive strategies that staff can utilise to prevent positively manage challenging behaviours

It also aims to familiarise learners with safe practice in relation to the use of techniques



  • Definitions of ‘Challenging Behaviour’, physical intervention and breakaway training
  • Aggression as a normal response to threat or fear: trigger factors
  • Causes of aggression and other challenging behaviours
  • Understanding the possible functions of behaviour
  • The role of ‘active support’, ‘enhanced communication’ and ‘positive behaviour support’ in preventing ‘challenging behaviour’
  • Recognising the early warning signs
  • Communication skills
  • De-escalation skills
  • Recording, reporting and reflection
  • Person-centred planning and preventing challenging behaviour



  • An overview of the Guidance for Breakaway Training and Restrictive Physical Interventions 
  • Relevant national guidance and legislation
  • The importance of an appropriate values base
  • Staff accountability and decision making; Why breakaway training and when breakaway skills 
  • Understanding how gender and cultural diversity may affect the use of physical contact or intervention
  • Understanding how age and physical development affects the use of physical contact or intervention
  • Common contra-indications for use of physical interventions/Breakaway skills
  • The difference between "escorting", "touching" and "holding"
  • Understanding and applying the "gradient of control" concept
  • Avoiding potentially dangerous postures and positions
  • Known mechanisms for injury and fatality
  • Active and reactive monitoring strategies
  • Appropriate aftercare and support
  • A client specific person centred programme can be designed to meet the unique needs of staff and service users and to be in-line with appropriate care plans and risk assessments.

The length of the breakway course is determined following a training needs analysis. The course is tailored after a behaviour audit.


Formal presentation, group work, practical exercises and discussion.

Learners knowledge is evidenced by verbal or written questioning, and will include a multiple choice test

Contact us for more information and to discuss your needs: E: trainers@securicare.com or T: 01904 492442

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Product Type Classroom Training

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