Are your Safeguarding practices up to date?

If you are working with children and young
people a good understanding of current
safeguarding practice is essential.

Catherine explains her approach
 

Are your Safeguarding practices up to date?

If you are working with children and young people a good understanding of current safeguarding practice is essential.

Catherine explains her approach

Safeguarding Training in London and Surrey

Real life scenarios and professional debate.

We provide a comprehensive range of safeguarding training courses for all professionals involved in the delivery of Children’s Services, whether from the statutory, independent or voluntary sectors. This includes, Early Years and Education Services, from Nursery to College provision Ante Natal, Health Visiting, GP and hospital-based Practitioners Police, Probation and Prison Services Specialist Drug and Alcohol, Mental Health, Homelessness and Domestic Abuse Services Faith Organisations and more.

Our safeguarding training courses build incrementally from an awareness, to an intermediate and advanced level. We provide courses for individual teams, for inter-disciplinary groups or in geographical areas either as a one-off or as a part of a longer professional learning journey, over several months or years. Most courses take place in London (including south-west) or the home counties such as Surrey.

All of our courses are highly participative. You can rely on us to make courses interesting, realistic and practical.

Safeguarding Training in London

Real life scenarios and professional debate.

We provide a comprehensive range of safeguarding training courses for all professionals involved in the delivery of Children’s Services, whether from the statutory, independent of voluntary sectors. This includes, Early Years and Education Services, from Nursery to College provision Ante Natal, Health Visiting, GP and hospital-based Practitioners Police, Probation and Prison Services Specialist Drug and Alcohol, Mental Health, Homelessness and Domestic Abuse Services Faith Organisations and more.

Our safeguarding training courses build incrementally from an awareness, to an intermediate and advanced level. We provide courses for individual teams, for inter-disciplinary groups or in geographical areas either as a one-off or as a part of a longer professional learning journey, over several months or years. Most courses take place in London or the home counties.

All of our courses are highly participative. You can rely on us to make courses interesting, realistic and practical.


All Safeguarding and Specialist training

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Catherine Rushforth & Her Team

Catherine Rushforth has worked in Children’s Services for thirty-five years and has a genuine desire to work in true partnership with individuals and organisations to improve outcomes for children, young people and their families.

Catherine has carefully selected an impressive Team of Associates, who each have in excess of 30 years experience, are all accomplished in their specialist areas and all share her principles, standards and values.

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Feedback from delegates…

Catherine and John provided a detailed, informative and engaging course in a positive and stimulating manner.
Robbie Devlin
Deputy Head teacher/SENCO / Alexandra Infant School
Big thanks to John and Catherine. A hugely difficult and complex subject illuminated with clarity, intelligence and thank goodness some humour too... p.s. the food was also lovely!"
Ian Pressland
London Chamber Orchestra
"Very concise, clear delivery - enjoyed the non-dramatic approach, no scaremongering stories. Very professional and thought provoking"
Ann Bernadt
Nursery Teacher / Nell Gwynn Nursery School
I have learnt far more than I thought I would. It has made me evaluate my management skills. I loved the networking. I have learnt a lot about safeguarding from others’ perspectives.
Sarah Mackinnon
Nursery School Classroom Manager
This course offers fresh insights into safeguarding children and their families management, which has challenged and motivated me to reflect upon and think more critically about what it means to safeguard others.
Philip Mills
Young Cares Manager
"You should come on this course because, personally I was able to grow in confidence, knowledge, self belief in what I am doing is ok, and if in doubt there is always someone to go to for advice. 4 really enjoyable days looking at the serious issue of safeguarding."
Kelly Holmes
Pre-school Manager
"Personally and professionally empowering course."
Karen O’Hara
Family Support Worker
"This course helps you to feel less anxious about safeguarding and child protection."
Nashrin McConville
Family Support Worker
"This course gives you deeper and clearer insight to safeguarding and that it is not just about the 4 areas of abuse, it is about so much more."
Jane Harris
Nursery Manager
"By doing this 4 day safeguarding course I feel more empowered as a manager. I feel I am more reflective and have a much clearer understanding of being an effective manager."
Bhavika Patel
Nursery Manager
"The course takes your knowledge and understanding to a level of greater layers, and is enriching on a personal as well as a professional level"
Angie Thompson
Pre-school Manager
"I have come away from the 4-day course feeling more empowered and confident that I would do the right thing with regard to safeguarding the children and families I work with. Am able to take time to re reflect and evaluate my own practice and how my actions may influence others. Have also met some very knowledgeable and skilful professionals! – learnt a lot from them!"
Donna Colby
Early Years Development Worker
"CR&A courses are distinctive, different and elegant; a cut above other safeguarding courses. They cover all the policy and practise stuff but go beyond that by looking at issues of empathy, emotional intelligence and the importance of intuition. They are dialogic, personalised and small enough to allow for authentic discussion and debate. People are left empowered and enthused and confident in their ability to take on SG/CP issues that may arise. We use CR&A for all their training. If any school wants to know more, they are free to contact me via my PA. I would readily endorse the value of CR&A courses."
Susie West
Head teacher / St Christopher's School, Camden
"I did not think there was anything bad about the course at all. I found it a big plus. It got to the nitty gritty. Both presenters, John Guest and Catherine Rushforth, were very knowledgeable and were a good mix. They passed the ball between other well. The course helped me get completely up to date. We would like to use you again."
Jacky Pike
Head teacher / Worsley Bridge Primary School, Bromley
"Course was very good. Thorough. John Guest - very knowledgeable. He gave historical context to legislative changes. Pace was good. There was a lot to take in as it was one day condensed from two days. Would definitely recommend the course."
Hilary Wyatt
Head teacher / Durston House School, Ealing
"The training was really good. I really enjoyed the day. The trainer made safeguarding easy to understand. The material was relevant. The content was up to date and included the [recent] changes to Working Together, with opportunities to participate and discuss. John Guest and Catherine Rushforth instil passion in the attendees. It was definitely worth my while, and I benefited from the course."
Karen Bridges
Lead Manager / Hillyfields Nursery, Lewisham
"Course was excellent. John Guest [the trainer] is very knowledgeable. He included relevant anecdotes. These examples made it very real. My colleague left feeling far more confident in how to deal with these issues. I was most impressed and we will be using you again."
Peter Harris
Head teacher / Ewell Castle School, Surrey
"Catherine and John really do know what they are talking about. I felt inspired by that and it made me feel confident. I learnt a lot. We will use you again and again. I would definitely recommend these courses to others."
Elena Salazar
Family Support Worker / 1st Place Nursery, Southwark
"John Guest's delivery was fantastic. It was easy going and to the point. What was great was how he led it in a conversational manner, instead of delivering the material rigidly. We were given the opportunity to ask questions and all my questions were answered."
Elena Salazar
Family Support Worker / 1st Place Nursery, Southwark
"This was my first DSL safeguarding course, as I will be the Deputy DSL from next September. I think doing a 2-day course really helped as there was a lot of material, and there was plenty to time for discussion and for questions. I thought it was good that there was a diverse range of experience with safeguarding in the room and doing small group work and changing groups helped us learn off each other. The trainers did a good job in handling some very serious material. They answered all the questions that were asked of them, and spent their lunch time with us too which meant that we could discuss issues informally."
Lizzie Lyons
Deputy Designated Lead Person / Brighton and Hove High School
"I thought that Catherine and John were a really good team. They complemented one another with their stories and their experience. They gave positive outcomes. I valued that they are experienced practitioners and had experience of our local authority. I would absolutely recommend CR&A courses."
Michelle Germain
Designated Lead Person / Ravens Wood School, Bromley
"This was my first time as a DSL. I was a bit nervous about the responsibility of it. I felt much clearer by the end of the course in my ability to assess and take action. I felt quite confident that the judgements I was making in the exercises were the right ones."
Michelle Germain
Designated Lead Person / Ravens Wood School, Bromley
"John brings a depth of knowledge and experience to the training he delivers and always ensures delegates are engaged and involved. [He] is always ready to support and offer guidance on any issue relating to safeguarding children and young people. His presenting skills were first class."
Dimitirous Kontozisis
Deputy Head / Clyde Nursery School and Children's Centre
"I am new to the role. Very informative. JG [John Guest] answered all questions really well. Knowledgeable. No negative comments about course delivery or content. Gave me a refresher on what I already knew and updated me on new things. Definitely would recommend to other schools."
Claire Hussey
Assistant Head / Rangefield Primary School, Lewisham
"We did the one day DSL course in April 2014. I know John and Catherine from before I was in Bromley. Thought the training was good. Exactly what we wanted. My staff were very clear about their roles and responsibilities as a result of the course. Other courses I have done have been boring; this was not boring. Will use you again"
Claudette Maragh
Head teacher / Alexander Junior School, Bromley
"In this most complex of areas, Catherine Rushforth & Associates courses are always relevant, interesting and tailor made so they represent the best fit the needs of the target audience"
Susie West
Head / St Christopher's School, Hampstead
"We know that we can always pick up the phone for advice and support. As a private provider, it is reassuring to know that there is someone there to help.I do not think many companies offer such a level of commitment and professionalism."
Sarah Hill
Owner/Proprietor / Nellys group of Nurseries in Dulwich and Norwood
"CR&A provides us with an exceptional level of training and consultancy. We have been working with them for over 10 years and team members across all of Nelly's Nurseries have benefited from their excellent training. They offer an approach which builds on each practitioner's knowledge, understanding and experience. This means that everyone gains valuable, relevant knowledge from each training session."
Sarah Hill
Owner/Proprietor / Nellys group of Nurseries in Dulwich and Norwood
" ... feedback from participants over the last 2 to 3 years indicates that a consistently high level of training is received, with many settings coming back with enquiries about further training from this company. It is clear that sound knowledge underpins the delivery of this training and the scenarios are thought provoking - a must for anyone working with children and their families . . .”
Jean Heel
Training Officer / Greenwich Children’s Service
“...Their [Catherine Rushforth & Associates] close association with our organisation has enabled them to tailor their delivery and professional support to the specifics of the service. This in turn has enabled practitioners to recognise the relevance of the training on a personal level thus enhancing overall performance and improving quality.”
Val Pope
Branch Manager / Pre-school Learning Alliance Lewisham Branch
“Catherine proved an invaluable help when we reviewed our safeguarding documentation. I emailed her our policy and over the phone we talked through the updates and changes. By the end of just 2 conversations I was clear about what it should contain, the importance of it reflecting the school's ethos and how it interfaces with what we actually do.”
Jane Beales
Head Teacher / Herne Hill Independent School
“...She [Catherine] demonstrated an in depth knowledge of the subject matter and delivered it in a way that was creative and matched our needs, …… As a line manager, I found her detailed feedback invaluable and have used this as a reference point for staff personal development plans. ”
Lorraine Shorey
Senior Practitioner / Gravesham Adolescent Resource Centre
“If you are searching for the highest quality bespoke Safeguarding Training. If you require training that is inclusive, clear, well paced, safe, challenging, well resourced, completely up to date, value for money, professional, reliable and informative; then look no further."
Martin Kelly
Practice Manager Reparation and Connexions Services / Southwark Youth Offending Service
"As the Workforce Development Manager at HMYOI Cookham Wood I have been thoroughly impressed with Catherine and Chris's professionalism and enthusiasm. The feedback from the courses jointly developed and delivered has been brilliant and staff have told me that the learning from the courses has made working with Young People easier and more enjoyable. Keep up the good work!"
Mark Love
Workforce Development Manager / HMYOI Cookham Wood
"We needed specialist safeguarding training for a group of young people. We also wanted some diversity awareness and conflict resolution training woven into the day. CR&A engaged the group, kept the training relevant and fresh and given the subject topic we had a surprisingly fun day! CR&A understand people and are engaging and professional. I would definitely recommend working with them."
Lou Abbotts
Project Manager / Young Creative Leaders (Five-0-Fresh), Theatre503

Our Mission

“Happy, safe childhoods lead to happy adolescence and successful adulthood. We believe all children and young people have the right to develop their personal, educational and citizenship potential to the full. They are most likely to realise their goals if they are treated with respect and dignity. We view it as our social responsibility to play a part in driving and reinforcing high standards of practice in working with children and young people. We challenge token, stale or outdated approaches in order to facilitate the development of enterprising, fresh ideas.”


Contact us to discuss your needs
 

Our Mission Statement

“Happy, safe childhoods lead to happy adolescence and successful adulthood. We believe all children and young people have the right to develop their personal, educational and citizenship potential to the full. They are most likely to realise their goals if they are treated with respect and dignity. We view it as our social responsibility to play a part in driving and reinforcing high standards of practice in working with children and young people. We challenge token, stale or outdated approaches in order to facilitate the development of enterprising, fresh ideas.”


Contact us to discuss your needs