Professional solutions to reduce the risk of self-harm in mental healthcare environments and prisons

Anti-Ligature

Ashley Contracts are certified installers of the Kestrel® Anti-Ligature System. This range includes Kestrel Anti-Ligature Blinds, Anti-Ligature Tracks, Anti-Ligature Fittings and many other Anti-Ligature accessories. Many standard items can be upgraded to Kestrel® standards by fitting Kestrel® Anti-Ligature backing plates.

Reducing risk with magnetic anti-ligature by Kestrel®

The Kestrel® Anti-Ligature system, by Yewdale, is a patented system designed to reduce the risk of self-harm in Mental Health Units, Custodial institutions and other areas where vulnerable people are present.

The Kestrel load release system is a simple yet extremely effective way of reducing or eliminating ligature risks. The system is based around two patented magnetic brackets. These brackets will securely hold a range of items by powerful short-range magnetic attraction. When an abnormal load is applied the magnetic force is overcome and releases its load. And it can do this time after time. There is no decline in performance and no mechanical restraint, nothing can jam, break or wear out. After an incident, all that is required is for the suspended item to be held immediately below the magnetic bracket or brackets. The magnetic force will then raise the item and re-seat it in its correct position.

Anti-ligature hook Anti-ligature hook


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This system was originally developed to suspend curtain tracking in areas where patients are at risk of self-harm, however it is being continually developed and now incorporates a wide range of load release accessories for patient bedrooms, bathrooms, and en-suites.

The magnetic bracket will not withstand weight greater than 20kg, no ligature point can be created and all components can be quickly and easily placed back in the correct position. This concept has been developed over time and is now a recommended maintenance-free suspension range.

Kestrel® Anti-Ligature blinds, tracks and accessories are maintenance free and all parts hold a life time warranty.

Yewdale's Kestrel® Anti-Ligature System can be relied upon wherever there is a risk of self-harm.


Examples of anti-ligature products installed in hospitals and mental health institutions...

Anti-ligature wall bracket in a hospital

Anti-ligature wall bracket in a hospital
Anti-ligature cubicle in a hospital

Anti-ligature cubicle in a hospital
Anti-ligature rail in a hospital

Anti-ligature rail in a hospital