GSA Breakaway & Personal Safety Training

The GSA is recognised as one of the leading models in the management and prevention of violence and aggression.

Our Breakaway & Personal Safety training does not use the application of pain to enable safe disengagements from attacks and grabs.

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GSA Breakaways & PMVA Courses at Aiker Training

GSA Breakaway & Personal Safety

Cost per person for open courses

£90 + VAT

Delivered to your workforce for groups up to 12 people

£475 +VAT

Call 01603 986 719 To book a private course

More About This Course


This course will enable staff to understand their safety within the workplace. Through the use of personal safety physical skills and underpinning knowledge of the law and the right to use force, staff will learn how to disengage from an attack safely.

The course is one day that can be offered as a standalone certificated course or as part of a full PMVA course. 

This course will give staff both the knowledge about the law and protecting themselves, as well as the physical skills to keep themselves safe in hostile and aggressive situations.

Our techniques are based on a pain-free approach to personal safety, respecting the service users rights.

We believe that whilst staff safety is of the utmost importance when working with children or adults with behavioural disturbances, maintaining a therapeutic relationship should remain at the centre of behaviour management.

We can develop a bespoke training programme based on the type of breakaway techniques which may be necessary for your staff.

Our PMVA tutors are fully qualified GSA trainers. They have over a decade of experience in both the use of the training in secure services and in teaching the subject, using real experiences and underpinning knowledge to embed the learning.

Aim of The Course
  • To promote best practice in managing aggressive behaviour when it presents itself within a workplace environment.
  • To provide clarity on the law and your safety both inside and outside of the workplace.
  • To ensure a person-centric approach to behaviour management when applying the techniques learnt within this course.
  • To provide a set of skills to allow learners to break away from physical attack.
Objectives of The Course
  • To understand your legal rights relating to interventions, knowing what laws protect you within your workplace and within a public surrounding.
  • Be able to balance professional responsibilities with personal safety and make dynamic risk assessments when using force.
  • To understand what ‘reasonable force’ is.
  • Report and record incidents effectively using whatever tools and documents available within the workplace.
  • Be able to break away from a variety of assaults with skills relevant to the work environment.
Morning (theory)

The Use of Force and Law

Afternoon (Practical)

Core skills include:

  • Wrist Grabs
  • Clothing Grabs
  • Release from Hair Pull
  • Strangles and Headlocks
  • Bites and Scratches
  • Kicks and Punches
Advanced Skills (If required)

Advanced skills include: 

  • Release from bear hugs
  • Assisting staff from hair pulls
  • Assisting staff from bites
  • Floor-based breakaways

This course is 1 Day (09:30 – 16:30)

Assessment Process for this course

Learners will engage in a series of group activities and feedback sessions to assess learning.


This course certificated as taught under the GSA standards.

What Other Learners Say About This Course....

Brilliant instructor, went into the course with no experience in MVA and Breakaway left feeling MORE than confidant!

Lawrence Thrussell / Independent Lives

Good session of Breakaway/conflict resolution training today at Quay Place! Ash was awesome and would happily recommend!

Gary Sherman / Suffolk Mind

I really enjoyed the training, it was extremely informative and engaging.

Iwona Szymura

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

What is physical intervention (PMVA) training?

Physical Intervention is more commonly known as restraint- the intentional application of restrictive holds designed to limit a person’s freedom of movement to prevent them causing harm to themselves or to other people.

Such skills are commonly used in teams of 2 or more skilled professionals.

Our Physical Intervention skills are backed by a framework of underpinning knowledge around behaviour management.

What makes your physical intervention programme different?

We take a serious approach to the prevention of abusive practice when managing violent and aggressive behaviour.

Our training is based on a set of skills designed not to cause pain, which puts the individual at the centre of the incident.

Our focus is restraint avoidance and adopting a therapeutic approach to behaviour management.

Our physical intervention programmes are backed with comprehensive theoretical components exploring the theories of aggression and why people become aggressive, and how to approach the topic of de-escalation as part of a preventative strategy.

How can I book PMVA training?

If you would like to book this course, please contact: 01508 218 017

Or see if we have one courses bookable online here

Who are The GSA?

The GSA is our regulatory body governing our breakaway’s and Physical Intervention Training. The GSA set the standards by which we must deliver our courses in the Management of Violence and Aggression (or PMVA, PMA and MOVA as it is sometimes called).