PMVA Breakaway methods and safe holding level 1

This would be suitable for learning disability, child, adult and elderly out reach services and also fostering and adoption teams.
Course Profile
This course can be over one or two days (7.5 hours or 15 hours of continuing professional development). The course depending on the duration can cover part of or the full breakaway syllabus with different methods of escape, also including the safe holding of clients. A suitable training for staff working in an environment where someone is showing challenging or aggressive behaviour, be they young, adult or elderly. These course is what ECC&R (UK) Ltd Training team developed for the students at the University of Essex now in its 12th year of providing this contractual service.


A knowledge and understanding of the Restraint Reduction Network (RRN) training standards 2019, Use of Force Act 2018 and DOH 2014 recommendations including the criminal law act 1967 section 3:1

A knowledge and understanding of related Laws, Legislation and National UK Guidelines

Practical exercises in Breakaway methods and Safe Holds


To give Learners the confidence and ability to safely and legally escape from aggressive or violent actions and to safely hold someone where minor restraint is needed.

Course contents

Legislation and National UK Law on the Use of Force. Criminal Law Act.

Safety and Legal aspects, Guidelines from and including RRN, BILD (The RRN standards 2018 have now replaced the BILD code of practice), NIHME and NICE.

The Assault Cycle and causes of Violence and Aggression.

Basic De-Escalation methods.

Escapes from a variety of holds and attacks.

Escape from punches and kicks, Biting, Hair pulls etc.

Reporting and Recording of incidents.


All learners are constantly visually assessed and on the 7.5 hour and 15 hour course modules will be required to complete a breakaway and restraint practical competency assessment and a theory test during the course by the qualified course instructors to ensure that all Learners practice and apply correctly the methods taught and successful learners receive a certificate to reflect the course contents.

Lesson plan

Download our PMVA Level 1 one day and two day with safe holding lesson plans