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Course Summary


Welcome to Ignite Training Solutions.  Ignite Training Solutions is a training organisation operating nationally to bring our customers up to date relevant and exiting training solutions. At Ignite we are dedicated to providing top-quality Ligature Training to meet your requirements.  Our mission is to deliver innovative training which can be immediately implemented in the workplace. 

Ligature training is specialized training designed to equip staff, particularly those working in mental health, healthcare, social care, and custodial environments, with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize, and respond to ligature risks. Ligature risks refer to situations where individuals might use items or structures to intentionally harm themselves by asphyxiation or strangulation.

Benefits of Ligature Training

Ligature training is essential for organizations that care for individuals at risk of self-harm or suicide. It provides staff with the knowledge and skills to identify, prevent, and respond to ligature risks, ensuring the safety and well-being of vulnerable individuals. By creating a safer environment and enhancing staff preparedness, ligature training plays a crucial role in safeguarding lives.

Enhanced Safety

Reduces the risk of ligature-related incidents, creating a safer environment for individuals at risk.


Helps organizations comply with health and safety regulations and standards.


Focuses on preventative measures to reduce the occurrence of ligature incidents.

Confidence and Competence

Increases staff confidence and competence in handling high-risk situations involving ligatures.

Supportive Environment

Fosters a supportive environment where staff are trained to recognize and address the needs of individuals at risk of self-harm.


Ensures staff are prepared to respond effectively to ligature incidents, potentially saving lives.

Ignite Training Solutions Ligature Training Typical Content

  1. Understand how common mental health issues can develop into suicide and self-harm
  2. Understand the different signs and behaviours linked to serious suicidal and self-harming
  3. Understand what is a Ligature and what a ligature point is
  4. Practical exercises using various ligature cutters and how to respond to a person who has fastened a ligature to themself
  5. Understand How to give immediate aftercare to a person after removing a ligature
    Understand how to preserve ligatures and associated items for evidential purposes
  1. Understanding Ligature Risks
    • Definition and Context: Explanation of what ligature risks are and why they are significant in certain environments.
    • High-Risk Environments: Identification of settings where ligature risks are more prevalent, such as psychiatric wards, prisons, and juvenile detention centres.
  2. Identifying Potential Ligature Points
    • Environmental Assessment: Training on how to assess environments for potential ligature points, including furniture, fixtures, and fittings.
    • Common Ligature Points: Education on typical ligature points like door handles, bed frames, windows, and other fixed objects.
  3. Risk Assessment and Management
    • Conducting Risk Assessments: How to perform thorough risk assessments to identify and mitigate ligature risks.
    • Creating a Safe Environment: Strategies to eliminate or reduce ligature points in facilities, such as using anti-ligature fixtures.

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    1. Recognizing Warning Signs
      • Behavioural Indicators: Training on how to recognize signs that an individual may be at risk of self-harm or suicidal behaviour.
      • Risk Factors: Understanding the risk factors that increase the likelihood of ligature attempts, such as mental health issues, past history of self-harm, and situational stressors.
    2. Responding to Ligature Incidents
      • Immediate Actions: Procedures for staff to follow if they encounter a ligature incident, including ensuring the safety of the individual and calling for emergency assistance.
      • Use of Ligature Cutters: Training on the safe and effective use of ligature cutters to quickly and safely remove ligatures.
    1. Post-Incident Procedures
      • Medical and Psychological Support: Ensuring the individual receives appropriate medical and psychological support following a ligature incident.
      • Documentation and Reporting: Importance of documenting the incident accurately and reporting it according to organizational protocols.
    2. Staff Support and Well-being
      • Emotional Support: Providing support for staff involved in managing ligature risks or incidents, including access to counselling or debriefing sessions.
      • Training and Refresher Courses: Ongoing training to ensure staff remain competent and confident in managing ligature risks.
    3. Policies and Procedures
      • Organizational Policies: Understanding the policies and procedures related to ligature risks within the organisation.
      • Continuous Improvement: Regular review and updating of policies to incorporate new best practices and lessons learned from past incidents.