Most Stupid Bit of Advice of The Week


The following is a genuine e-mail sent to me by someone I know and can vouch for. It illustrates the absurd and even dangerous advice that some people dish out without any consideration of the risk involved. Read and enjoy……..

“Hi Mark

Just thought I’d share the latest bit of mad advice dished out to one of my managers by an irate community nurse after reading our risk assessment regarding hair pulls he didn’t like our version- he suggested that  if we can’t release our self from this young person’s forceful hair pull we should get a second person to come back with scissors and cut the hair off !!! I am answering him but I am rendered a little speechless.”

My response was as follows:

“Hi Xxxx

That’s disgusting and also very stupid. Is this idiot suggesting that during a violent struggle someone else gets involved with a pair of scissors? The potential for injury to all involved will be increased as how would someone cut another person’s hair whilst it is being pulled?

In HSG 48 this would be classed as a “Knowledge Based Mistake”.”

(To find out more about HSG 48 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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3 comments on “Most Stupid Bit of Advice of The Week
  1. markdawes says:

    Here’s another stupid comment. One female member of staff was told the following: “Hold onto your hair and drop to the floor and curl up in a ball whilst you wait for help”. – Are these trainers nuts?

  2. Doug Melia says:

    I can see this becoming a popular feature here’s my latest gem;

    Whilst delivering a course for a large healthcare company I came across a comment not dissimilar, to release someone’s grip you must “Get a colleague to go and get some shampoo or conditioner and apply it to make the attacker’s grip slippery”

    This was the advice of their previous training provider (unsure if they were sponsored by head and shoulders)

    • Here’s yet another one – “Don’t worry. If you get grabbed from behind because you can use the element of surprise against your attacker to get free”. Spot the deliberate mistake – if you get grabbed without seeing it coming guess whose got the element of surprise?

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