Ligature Training (3 Hours)


Sadly, even before the advent of the coronavirus lockdown, suicides by hanging, suffocation & strangulation were the most common of suicide in the UK. In 2019 alone, over 3500 people took their own lives using a ligature.

This makes ligature removal training essential for staff & family members who;

  • work within the prison or probations services,
  • work in hospitals, refuges, mental health or crisis intervention sectors,
  • work with young people in residential care & referral schools.
  • are foster carers,
  • work in other higher risk environments,
  • support people with complex needs and who may have issues such as physical and mental health, child welfare, family and relationship breakdown, offending behaviour, historic abuse, bereavement, substance misuse, sexual exploitation, domestic violence, childhood trauma and/or self-harm.

Not sure if this course is right for you? I offer three ligature training courses; just pick whichever is right for you!



Ligature Training (3 Hours)

Lockdown has seen a surge in requests for anti ligature training. Our highly practical, face to face course covers ligature awareness training, ligature risk assessments, and how to use multiple different types of ligature cutters.

The course then moves on to cover basic life support first aid training including how to protect the cervical spine, the use of CPR & automatic/automated external defibrillators (AED). This means that you’re then able to provide effective first aid until professional help can take over.

The course is aimed at those working in environments where incidents involving ligatures are a foreseeable risk. So if you’re ever faced with a ligature incident, the training will enable you to act safely and decisively.

Suicide Rate Chart 2019-20


Course syllabus includes:

  • Understanding Asphyxiation and Strangulation.
  • Anatomy and Physiology of the neck.
  • Signs and symptoms of ligature injuries.
  • Ligature risk assessment.
  • Assessing the situation and circumstances in order to act safely, promptly and effectively in an emergency.
  • Managing ligature incident involving a suspended, part suspended and unsuspended casualty.
  • Ligature cutting training: The cutting of a ligature using appropriate ligature cutting tools & the correct method of ligature removal.
  • How to recognise a casualty with a suspected spinal injury.
  • How to provide first aid to a casualty with a suspected spinal injury.
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) first aid;
    • cardio-pulmonary resuscitation.
    • use of an Automated/Automatic External Defibrillator (AED/Defib).
    • the recovery position.
  • The actions to be taken once an incident is complete including completing an incident report form.

Course Type:

  • Face to Face training (maximum of 12 learners to 1 instructor).


  • This course is certified by Chris Garland Training.

Course duration:

  • 3 hours, including a 15 minute break
  • Typically this course will run from 9.00am-12.00pm, or 1.00pm-4.00pm.
  • Please check you course booking for exact times.


  • You will undertake a practical assessment as part of this anti ligature training course. You need to score 100% to achieve a pass.
  • During the practical observation you will be required to demonstrate how to act in an emergency situation. This includes;
    • dynamic risk assessment for ligature awareness,
    • being able to use the ligature cutting tools successfully,
    • being able to work on the floor providing CPR & using a defibrillator.


  • All course candidates must be over 18 years old to undertake the ligature removal training course due to the topics covered in the syllabus.
  • We recommend that you have a reasonable understanding of English & maths (e.g. GCSE grade D-G/Level 1) before undertaking this course. This is not mandatory – please contact us to discuss any reasonable adjustments to accommodate your needs.


  • All of our courses have a minimum and maximum number of candidates that we can take on a course.
    • Minimum: We need a minimum of 4 candidates booked on an open/scheduled course for the course to run. Click here for more details.
    • Maximum: We limit numbers to a maximum of 12 candidates per instructor. Any more and you just wouldn’t get sufficient time to learn and practice your new skills.
    • Private courses: If you have fewer than 4, or more than 12 candidates to be trained, please contact us to arrange a private course.

Geographical coverage:

  • This anti ligature training course is available to candidates across the UK. We can deliver the course in other countries, but the protocols that we teach meet the current UK practice, protocols & guidance.


  • Scheduled ligature awareness courses run at our training centre in Knutsford, Cheshire.
  • Why not arrange to have a private courses run at your workplace? Simply fill in our quote builder tool to request a quotation.

Joining instructions:

Private courses:

  • To arrange a private ligature response course for yourself or your colleagues, please fill in our Quote Builder tool.

Useful links:

During the course, candidates will get to practice using the following types of ligature cutters;

Ligature Training (3 Hours)

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Ligature Training (3 Hours)

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