Breakaway Training

We train your team to quickly identify and safely breakaway from violence.

  • Recognize an escalating violence risk
  • Use de-escalation strategies to keep safe
  • Use Body Signals and identify Escape Routes
  • Breakaway from violence if needed

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Keeps teams at these organisation safe...

Hospitals and



public services

Breakaway Training: an experienced and professional provider

 Breakaway training will enable your staff with the knowledge, skills and judgement to be able to protect themselves appropriately to your environment. Our personal safety courses are always tailored for your specific target context and your client group - whether NHS, Social Care or Community Setting.

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What is breakaway training?

Introduction to Breakaway

In any profession that involves physical contact with others, there is a risk of violence or aggression. Whether you work in healthcare, education, or security, it is important to have the skills and knowledge to protect yourself and others from harm. This is where breakaway training comes in. Breakaway training is a form of personal safety training that teaches individuals how to disengage from physical confrontations and prevent harm to themselves and others.

What is Breakaway Training?

Breakaway training is a set of techniques and strategies designed to help individuals safely and effectively disengage from physical confrontations. The training covers a range of skills, including non-violent communication, de-escalation techniques, and physical interventions. The goal of breakaway training is to provide individuals with the skills and knowledge they need to prevent harm to themselves and others, while minimizing the risk of injury.

Benefits of Breakaway Training

There are many benefits to breakaway training. For starters, it provides individuals with the skills and confidence they need to handle potentially violent situations. This can help reduce stress and anxiety, which can lead to better decision-making and a safer workplace. Additionally, breakaway training can help improve communication skills, which are essential in any profession that involves working with others. By learning how to effectively communicate and de-escalate situations, individuals can help prevent confrontations from escalating and potentially becoming violent.

Another benefit of breakaway training is that it can help reduce the risk of injury. By learning how to safely disengage from physical confrontations, individuals can minimize the risk of harm to themselves and others. This is particularly important in professions that involve working with vulnerable populations, such as healthcare workers or teachers. By having the skills and knowledge to safely handle potentially violent situations, individuals can provide better care and support to those in need.


Breakaway training is an essential form of personal safety training that provides individuals with the skills and knowledge they need to prevent harm to themselves and others. By learning how to effectively communicate, de-escalate situations, and safely disengage from physical confrontations, individuals can minimize the risk of injury and provide better care and support to those in need. If you work in a profession that involves physical contact with others, consider investing in breakaway training to keep yourself and others safe.

Breakaway training to keep your people safe.

Because of our unique Breakaway training methodology which focusses on YOUR service, YOUR people and YOUR service-users - the training programme develops understanding, decision-making and skills together and in-context. Your team will learn skills and understanding which will transfer to work and make it safer for everyone.

Communication Skills

Your teams will model and practice appropriate verbal skills for preventing and de-escalating conflict.

Behaviour Awareness

Your team will develop their awareness of aggressive and pre-assault behaviours and the ways in which situations can trigger distress, anger or emotional disturbance.



Every conflict encounter carries risk, so your team must learn how to navigate options and reduce the risk of adverse outcomes.

Self-Protection (where necessary)

Your team will be challenged to develop personal safety habits and perform robust, appropriate self-protection tactics in many different scenarios where a person may be at risk of hurting them.

3hr Breakaway Training Schedule:

Breakaway training from Dynamis has been designed to enable public-facing staff faced with the imminent threat of violence or a violent assault with the appropriate attitudes and tactics for personal safety.  

If danger can not be avoided any other way, staff should breakaway or disengage from violence and move towards safety using appropriate personal safety or self-defence skills.

Our breakaway training incorporates a comprehensive explanation of the law regarding assault and use-of-force for self-defence or disengagement in a workplace context. 

This includes the Duty of Care perspective and a discussion of Risk Management. Our breakaway training delivers effective breakaway skills for public-facing staff, teaching a quickly-learned and easily-retained method of breakaway and disengagement.

The Evidence Base for our training is based on the results of numerous studies conducted into the usefulness and effectiveness of breakaway skills.

“Perhaps…in the heightened state of arousal caused by a real assault people would use any techniques that would work at the time.  Our finding that 80% of participants managed to break away successfully without using the taught techniques does give credence to this, suggesting that breakaway methods that centre on natural instinct as opposed to highly technical manoeuvres are likely to be recalled more successfully”

— Journal of Psychiatric and  Mental Health Nursing 2009, 16

Grab a coffee and speak to our training advisor.

With over 15 years of experience working with clients, we are confident that we can gain an understanding of your issues, resources, timeframes and budget quickly and soon propose a training plan which fits your needs.

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Director Of Training At Dynamis

Hi and thanks for visiting our website today.

In over 15 years of working with frontline staff who face difficult, distressed and dangerous behaviour, I have seen time and again how prepared staff can perform well and respond to challenging circumstances.

From teachers to nurses, teaching and care assistants to security officers in our hospitals and social workers in the community, if you deal with people every day, managing conflict becomes a necessity.

I became involved in this work because I saw the power of training and preparation in helping people to stay safe at work and to be more successful in working with their colleagues to create better outcomes.

I and my team of professional trainers now teach in over 200 training engagements every year around the uk and internationally for a wide variety of public-facing organizations just like yours.

We have sought out the best Breakaway Training and Personal Safety course content and the best learning methods in the world and bring them together for you and your team.

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What our customers are saying:

Best Course I have attended in the NHS...

“This was by far the best course I’ve attended in the NHS. Fit for purpose, current, relevant and extremely well delivered. 10/10 for delivery, professionalism and structure.”

ANDY W. // Security Management Specialist

Made it Relevant...

“Very good training, and great effort to make it relevant for the type of conflict and situation we face. Excellent Trainer – 10//10”

MICHAELA G. // Community Engagement Officer

Tailored to situations we actually face...

“Gerard was a great teacher, he was very knowledgeable and friendly. He tailored the training to situations we might actually find ourselves in which I found incredibly useful.”

Louise C. // Homeless Shelter Support Worker


I left feeling confident that I could safely apply the techniques I had been shown and know when to use them. I would like to once again give my thanks to the team who came in to teach us that day. They were both amazing!

Classroom Teacher // Blossom House School March 2020.

Our Process for Working with You

  1. 1
    Book your free Breakaway training needs assessment. Every organization is unique and so you need a unique training course. Our free training needs assessment is a 20-minute process where we identify the risks your staff face and the training solutions you need to support your people.
  2. 2
    We formulate a Bespoke Personal Safety Training Course. Having understood the needs of your organization and the people you look after, we will create a bespoke training course tailored to your conflict flashpoints, issues and incident profile.
  3. 3
    Your Staff experience relevant and beneficial training. We will conduct your bespoke training course, helping your team to prevent and manage conflict within your service and with your service users.
  4. 4
    Satisfaction and Course Follow-up. Following the training session, we will conduct questionnaires with all attendees to give tangible before and after data.


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When: .5 to 2 days varying on your needs.

Who:  Groups of up to 12 care staff are led by each Dynamis trainer (larger groups by request).  NHS Nurses and Care Workers, clinical staff, key workers and therapists can all benefit from courses which are tailored for your specific environment.

Our small but highly focussed team of trainers are highly experienced and professionally qualified verbal and physical intervention specialists.  They hold Level 3 Qualifications in physical intervention, conflict management and breakaway/self-protection and regularly attend CPD events which ensures the quality of their delivery.   Dynamis is an ICM Accredited Quality Award centre, assuring clients of our robust processes for the design, development, delivery and support of our training programmes.

Where:  Training is held at your venue

How:  Our trainers deliver this course using a mix of lecture/presentation, Q&A, physical practice and scenario rehearsal.

Why:  Matched to your needs      Led by Professional Trainers      Legally Audited      Fully Risk-Assessed      Values Dignity and Respect     Safeguards Client rights      Offers Staff Practical Options      Compliant with Government Regulations      Value for Your Investment

Our Partners and Accreditation


Dynamis is a Quality Award Centre with the ICM, a recognised accrediting body in the U.K. for workplace training in the prevention and management of workplace violence.

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Dynamis is the premier European Partner for Vistelar, a global consulting organisation covering training across the entire spectrum of human conflict.

a 5-star endorsed programme

Dynamis has been audited by the expert panel at SWC and received the 5-star Safety Without Compromise endorsement.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the training carried out?

Usually the training venue will be our client's responsibility and full details of this are made clear around the time of booking so that you know what we are going to need to give your people the best possible experience of training with our team.

We have often helped our clients to source appropriate training venues, where that assistance was requested!

Due to the nature of our training approach, we often require a good-sized training room which has the capacity for your team to move around in and in which we can set up scenarios which are as close as we can get them to real-world applications of the material we teach your people.

What is the investment in training?

Our training costs are often calculated on a per-day basis and directly related to the Needs Analysis which we carry out with you.

We are constantly working to make sure that the investment level is reasonable and competitive.

We generally ask for an investment which takes into account the type of content we are going to work on with your staff, the numbers of staff involved, the risk level of the encounters they engage in and the number of days of training which will be required to get your people up to the proper standard.

We are VAT registered and all pricing sent to you is 'plus VAT at the prevailing rate'.

We also charge travel expenses which you should discuss with our training advisor so that these are as clear as possible as you book in your training course.

How quickly can I book training to happen?

Our training advisor is waiting to have a call with you to discuss your timelines and preferred schedule. We generally book training 4-6 weeks out from today, however we always have been able to respond to clients who need training 'as soon as possible' when urgent needs pop up. The sooner we talk with you, the sooner we can get the training in place!

How many people can attend a training course?

There are numerous formats which we use to deliver training with your team, whether it be a large group or a smaller team. We know that the best group sizes for learning depend on the complexity of the material to be covered, the amount of time we have with your people and also the constraints you may be working with in your budget and resources. Most of our clients put 12-16 people in our less-physically demanding training courses, and often fewer people than this into our more demanding courses. Let's talk about the best solution for your needs....

Is Dynamis training Accredited?

Dynamis has attained the respected Quality Award Centre status (QAC #2201) with the Institute for Conflict Management (ICM), demonstrating our commitment to quality assurance and strict adherence to the most recent guidance on the management and prevention of workplace conflict.  All our trainers are fully qualified and attend CPD development on a regular basis in accordance with ICM requirements.

Is the training suitable for my staff and my context?

Our goal is that you see a tremendous improvement in your team's ability to prevent and manage difficult encounters with the people in your service, so we focus on making sure that each training session with your people feels directly connected to their everyday work and is compliant with the relevant guidance which governs it.


100% Satisfaction Guarantee

You are fully protected by our 100% Satisfaction-Guarantee. If you are not fully satisfied by the training we deliver for your team, just let us know and we'll send you a prompt refund.

Gerard O'Dea