Ligature Training (4 Hours)

£0.00£699.99 Exc. VAT

This highly practical ligature training course is aimed at those who need to undertake “ligature rescue”/ “anti-ligature” / “ligature response” training and who hold an in-date first aid certificate.

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. With the recent “cost of living crisis”, suicide attempts have become even more common, making hands-on training even more important.

This makes ligature removal training essential (and in some cases a statutory requirement) for staff & family members who;

  • work within the prison or probation 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.


Course Description

This highly practical ligature training course is aimed at those who need to undertake “ligature rescue”/ “anti-ligature” / “ligature response” training and who hold an in-date first aid certificate.

Since the Covid-19 lockdown, we have seen a surge in requests for anti ligature (ligature response) training. Our bespoke 4-hour face-to-face course will teach you ligature awareness training, introduce ligature risk assessments and how to use multiple different types of ligature cutters.

The course then moves on to cover modified basic life support first aid training for those involved in a ligature incident. This includes how to protect the cervical spine in the supine and recovery position, modified CPR for those who have ligated, the use of automatic/automated external defibrillators (AED).

Combined, these will mean that you can 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.

Course Duration

This course is delivered in partnership with our colleagues at Chris Garland Training and is delivered over a half a day


  • Age: You must be over 18 years old to undertake the ligature removal training course due to the topics covered in the syllabus.
  • First Aid: You must hold a current, in-date first aid certificate (e.g. Emergency first aid at work, First aid at work, Outdoor first aid, etc).
  • Comprehension: We recommend that you have a reasonable understanding of English & maths (e.g. GCSE grade D-G/Level 1) before undertaking this course.
    • Please contact us to discuss any reasonable adjustments to accommodate your needs.

Course Content

This course covers a range of content including:

  • Who is this course for?
  • Definitions, Facts & Figures.
  • Understanding Asphyxiation and Strangulation.
  • Anatomy and Physiology of the neck.
  • Signs and symptoms of ligature injuries.
  • Potential ligature materials and points.
  • 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.


  • You will undertake practical assessments through the course.
  • You are required 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.

Certificate and Validity

Upon completion of the course candidates will receive a certificate which is available as a PDF (Portable Document Format).

Ligature Training (4 Hours)

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