Restraint Technique Could Be Fatal

Forcing a detainee to bend over while seated can lead to death, a study into restraint techniques suggests.

A technique that is still possibly being taught by some training providers, and possibly used in some mental health or care homes, or by private security contractors can kill, a research report published published in Medicine, Science and the Law, a Royal Society of Medicine journal has stated.

This is not new news to us. Today many training providers are still teaching techniques that we banned post the death of Gareth Myatt and Adam Rickwood, as well as other techniques recommended not to be taught by various other Government departments and agencies, due to the potential for death due to positional asphyxia.

However, liability and culpability will also lie with the agency that commissions training if they do not do their own due diligence and check what training providers are proposing to teach their staff. This liability and culpability can give rise to charges being brought under the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 20o7 for Gross Negligence Manslaughter if someone dies from a position such as this which is known to have a high risk attached to it due to evidence of past deaths.

To read the BBC News Article go to:

We have raised this issue previously with the Rt. Hon Michael Grove MP, Minister of State for Education, as we know that some techniques being taught to teaching staff in schools should not be taught. You can read this article at:

Our next BTEC Level 3 Advanced Restraint & Breakaway Instructors Course is running in September. There is still some places left and the ‘Early-Bird’ Booking Discount still applies until the end of this month. To book your place and to be sure that you will be trained correctly go to:


I am the Director and National Coach Tutor of NFPS Ltd., a specialist provider of Conflict Risk Management Consultancy and Training with specific expertise in Physical Restraint, Breakaway and Self-Defence. In addition to providing training, advice, consultancy and guidance on the physiological aspects mentioned above, we also provide training in NLP, Hypnosis and Meditation as these skills combined provide a holistic way to improve our psychology. By helping people improve both, their physiology and their psychology, we provide a complete and holistic approach to training and development.

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