Here at IKON Training, we are regularly asked to explain what Breakaway Training is. Therefore, we have decided to write a blog post to clarify some points. The post explains the course and benefits of Breakaway Training.
Breakaway Training does what it says – it equips staff with the right training to be able to break away from an assault safely and effectively. Whether this is with an aggressive customer or disorientated patient, as a part of a comprehensive Conflict Resolution Training programme, Breakaway Training can ensure the safety of staff in challenging situations. With over 67,000 assaults on NHS staff reported between 2014 and 2015 alone, it’s undeniably imperative that staff be able to protect themselves against potentially threatening and confused patients. Similarly, for those operating as lone workers in the transport industry and interacting with unknown passengers each and every day, having the right skills to break away from a directed assault is integral to a safe and comfortable working environment.
Well, just that – professional training to safely and effectively breakaway from an assault. The way an aggressive individual may attack is varied, and so within this form of conflict resolution training, our expert trainers equip staff with the know-how to defend themselves and prioritise their personal safety. This may change dependant on industry; the way an NHS patient suffering with dementia may attack a nurse will differ from the way an inebriated train passenger may attack a ticket officer, so IKON is sure to accommodate sector specifics when teaching the relevant skills.
Within the course, IKON cover the basics of breakaway training. These include a comprehensive explanation of what breakaway training is, and when and where to bring it into action. The ‘when and where’ is vital to adhering to ‘Use of Force legislation’, which dictates where force may legally be used in order to protect oneself in dangerous professional situations. This is detailed further within the body of the course, along with demonstrations of protective body stances and postures and instructions for how to complete the subsequent debriefing.
The skills taught by Breakaway Training should only be employed as a last resort, due to the delicate nature of physical contact within the workplace. Staff safety is always the highest priority, and so we often combine Breakaway Training with a series of other conflict resolution schemes to try and defuse the situation beforehand. The ability to alleviate an aggressive interaction before it reaches boiling point hopefully means that the skills taught by Breakaway Training will never need to come into action, but by combining courses, staff are able to feel safe and protected in all situations.
IKON Training recommend that all employees who undertake Breakaway Training have completed a Conflict Resolution Training course. These two session can be fit into one whole day for ease and cost-effectiveness. Alternatively, a more comprehensive Breakaway Training session, usually for more at risk employees, can be delivered over the course of a day – this can include competency checks.
Encompassing primarily physical skills and lasting a half or full day, Breakaway Training can accommodate up to 12 delegates. For more information about Breakaway Training or alternative Conflict Resolution training for your sector, call us today on 01473 722924, or get in touch using our contact form here.