Ligature Training (4 Hours)

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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 (4 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:

  • Facts, Figures & Definitions.
  • Understanding Asphyxiation and Strangulation.
  • Anatomy and Physiology of the neck.
  • Signs and symptoms of ligature injuries.
  • Ligature risk assessment.
  • Ligature cutting tools, types & their use
  • The correct method of ligature removal
  • Practical: The cutting of a ligature using appropriate ligature cutting tools
  • Managing ligature incident involving a suspended, part suspended and unsuspended casualty.
  • 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:

  • 4 hours, including a 15 minute break
  • 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.

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

Ligature Training (4 Hours)

9 reviews for Ligature Training (4 Hours)

  1. ChrisGarland

    Recent reviews collected directly after the course:
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – “I found the course worked really well. A great understanding & explained well. Worth going on the course.”
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – “100% worth it! Very informative.”
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  2. ChrisGarland

    Recent reviews collected directly after the course:
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – “Informative & interactive.”
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – “Interesting course with a friendly instructor.”
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – “Informative & practical.”
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – “Informative, safe & allows you to gain a good knowledge.”
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – “Educational.”
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  3. ChrisGarland

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    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – “Very informative! I learnt a lot and will be implementing changes. It’s also opened my eyes in terms of awareness.”
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – “A great course”
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – “As this was my first course I found it very enjoyable. Chris made me feel like I could help in a serious situation & I learnt lots.”
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  4. ChrisGarland

    Recent reviews collected directly after the course:
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – “Very Enjoyable course run by a very informative and excellent trainer.”
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – “Chris was clear on what is required in the event of having to carry out [what we learnt in] training in real life. An excellent course.”
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    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – “Great course”
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – “Really enjoyed the training.”
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    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – “Very informative and interesting. Chris very knowledgable and experienced.”
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – “An excellent course. The course instructor is well versed in his subject matter. Excellent stuff.”
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – “Very informative”
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐ – “Great trainer and I learnt loads of new things I’d not known before.”
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – “Excellent course. Good that there was the reassurance of doing the best you can.”

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  5. ChrisGarland

    Recent reviews collected directly after the course:
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – “Really interesting, lovely trainer, wasn’t dragged on, straight to the point, and useful!”
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐ – “Very knowledgable trainer, with clear and applicable knowledge and information.”
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – “I think it was informative and useful.”
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    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – “Very informative. I enjoyed the practical elements of the course.”
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐ – “Very helpful. This will help us moving forward in dealing with X”
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – “Really good!”
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – “Very informative and interesting.”
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – “Enjoyed the ligature training. Hopefully I’ll be able to put it into place if a situation occurred”
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – “Course was run smoothly, instructor very knowledgable with good experience. Overall I enjoyed the course and hopefully will know how to act in case of an incident occurring.”
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – “Really good equipment – not too much time waiting for equipment & practising. Really informative & made me feel more equipped to deal with each stage of ligature removal.”
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  6. ChrisGarland

    Recent reviews collected directly after the course:
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – “Very enjoyable course. Very informative, excellent trainer, well done Chris.”
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – “Chris was very clear on what is required in the event of having to carry out the training in real life. Great course.”
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    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – “Very good course”
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – “Nothing to improve. Enjoyed the training.”
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    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – “Very informative and interesting. Chris is very knowledgable and experienced.”
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – “An excellent course. Chris is well versed in his subject matter. Excellent stuff.”
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – “Very informative”
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – “Great trainer & learnt things I hadn’t known before. Would love to attend a longer, more in-depth course.”
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – “Excellent course. Good that there was reassurance of doing the best that you can.”

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  7. ChrisGarland

    Recent reviews collected directly after the course:
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – “Informative & very useful”
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – “Great course”
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – “Quite a lot of content to go through in 4 hours. The course was good & the trainer very knowledgable & delivered the training well.”
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – “Great course. Very knowledgable trainer”
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – “Excellent! Thank you!”
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – “The course went into lots of detail”
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – “Great info – Some new & some reminders”

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    ⭐⭐⭐⭐ – “Great course – Have learnt a lot”
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    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – “Informative”
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – “Excellent course, if houses have a ligature kit”
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    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – “Very interesting course. I enjoyed it and the way it was delivered.”
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐ – “It could not be improved”
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – “Fantastic trainer. Excellent course with everything explained well.”
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – “Very good informative course, relevant to our place of work.”
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – “Trainer very knowledgeable. The practical aspects were very helpful”
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    Recent reviews collected directly after the course:
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – “Very informative.”
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – “Good delivery & kept it engaging. Would recommend. Good information given. Course was interactive and content was interesting.”
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    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – “All good”
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – “Good pace and easy to follow”
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – “Very informative. A great course.”
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Ligature Training (4 Hours)

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Ligature Training (4 Hours)

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