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Online Training: Beyond Conflict Resolution


An enlightening session that will equip delegates with the knowledge to successfully escape from high-risk situations when all other means of conflict resolution have failed. Facilitators of this event are drawn from an experienced team of criminal justice sector & LLB(Hons) practitioners.
Lively video demonstrations coupled with active discussion will address key anxieties providing a comprehensive and practical skill set.

Core subjects engage with:

  • Street safety
  • Avoidance techniques
  • Disengaging from grabs to the clothing, arms and hands
  • Escaping from grabs to the throat
  • Successfully fleeing blindsided attacks
  • Knife attacks.


Programme (2-hours)


  • Overview
  • Context setting
  • Underpinning philosophy and research

When communication fails

  • Why can conflict resolution fail?
  • Examples
  • What is the principal driver of assaultive behaviour?

The use of reasonable force

  • The law
  • Practical examples
  • The ‘Noye’ test

Preliminary strategies

  • Distance
  • Verbal judo
  • Low-level disengagement

Clothing grabs

  • One & two-handed grabs Arm grabs
  • Various scenarios Grabs around the throat Grabs from behind Consolidation.

Knife attacks

  • A counter-intuitive body mechanics approach that significantly reduces harm during spontaneous attacks.

You may also be interested in attending our  personal safety session during the day as well.



Ian Kirke LLB (Hons)

Ian is a former senior police officer, academic and elected member in Bracknell Forest Council. He is keen to add value to understanding the best ways of eliminating bulk and violent crime within the workplace by engaging with, amongst others, current and ex-offenders. The focus of his post-graduate work, the frustration and detection of internal crime, has received significant accolades, including a year-on-year saving of £2.2m for a leading supermarket chain.

A leading authority on the Home Office approved Community Safety Accreditation Scheme he has led several projects for local authorities and commercial enterprises underpinning the notion of the extended police family. As a feature writer, he often reflects upon topical social interest issues, travel, health, crime, and his football club Notts County!

Who should attend?

This session will be relevant to all elected members and officers who have direct contact with the general public.