Approved Training Providers

The Derby and Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Partnership quality assurance scheme makes sure that independent safeguarding training meets rigorous quality standards for content and is provided by organisations who use suitably qualified and knowledgeable trainers.

If you are thinking of booking an independent trainer and want peace of mind that they have met the standards set out in the Training Validation Scheme please see the details of providers below and how to contact them. 

Details of Approved Training Agencies 

A & G Training

We are an independent training organisation set up in 2010 to provide training sessions that meet the individual needs of registered childcare providers, voluntary groups, nursery and primary schools both in content and at an appropriate time. We recognise the added value of training whole staff groups together as well as staff from different settings. We work closely with managers of settings and childminders to ensure that training is relevant and provides opportunities to explore relevant and topical issues in childcare.

Contact details

Telephone: 01332 671593  


John Gordon, Turquoise Training

A longstanding member of the training pool who also delivered training for Derby's School Governor Support and Improvement Team. John is a registered social worker with post graduate qualifications in training and development, equality issues and public sector management. He has experience of working in both education; in the last couple of years as a member of an SMT and DSL in a large secondary school in Derby - and children's social care settings. 

With over 20 years experience of delivering tailored learning experiences within education and children's care. He is particularly well placed to offer a broad range of role appropriate training that meets the needs of school leadership teams to keep their schools focused, refreshed and compliant. 

He also offers training and support for existing or newly appointed Designated Safeguarding Leads and to others responsible for the safeguarding and general well-being of children and young people. He has a strong commitment to the psychological well-being and mental health of children in schools and those responsible for them. 

John will happily talk through the outcomes you require and offers a range of up-to-date training interventions on all of the key areas of safeguarding children that will meet your organisational needs.  

Contact details

Telephone: 07878 926292


Ann Cruickshank

Ann Cruickshank is an experienced safeguarding trainer, a teacher for over 20 years and a head teacher of 10 years. Ann is a member of the training pool and the Chairperson of the DDSCP Education Hub. Ann is happy to deliver current and relevant safeguarding training to large or small groups of staff who work with children and young people and is available to mentor/supervise new Designated Safeguarding Leads. Ann also conducts safeguarding audits in schools and works with school leadership to develop good safeguarding practice.

Contact details

Telephone: 07931 593801 or 01332 882118


Linda Rickets

We know that the best way to reach children is through speaking to them directly in schools. So at the heart of our Schools Service is our NSPCC Speak out Stay safe programme, delivering safeguarding messages directly to children through assemblies and workshops for children from the age of 5 to 11.

It consists of an assembly presentation for key stage 1 and KS2 children aged 5 to 11 followed by a one hour classroom workshop for children in years 5/6. We've expanded the age range from our previous programme to a wider age bracket.

It helps children to:

  • understand abuse in all its forms and recognise the signs of abuse 
  • know how to protect themselves from all forms of abuse 
  • know how to get help, and the sources of help available to them, including our Childline service.

Contact details

Telephone: 0115 9755278


Safe and Sound Group

Safe and Sound Group are national specialists in child sexual abuse and exploitation. We provide CPD accredited and certified training courses at intermediate and advanced level to professionals all over the UK including social care, police forces, NHS services, voluntary organisations and private residential services. Our modules aim to equip professionals with the knowledge and skills required to work directly with children, parents, carers and wider family who may be affected by child sexual abuse, exploitation and modern slavery. We deliver exceptional quality training written by academic and practice experts - delivered in house or at our open events across the UK.

Contact details

Name: Marc Stevens, Training Manager
Telephone: 01332 362120


Traci Good - E-safety Training

Traci Good is a Freelance Online Safety Trainer and a Consultant for the South West Grid for Learning (part of the UK Safer Internet Centre). She is also an assessor for the 360 Online Safety Mark, recognised by Ofsted as best practice.

With a clear focus on safeguarding and outstanding practice, Traci is able to provide engaging training around Online Safety for all settings including schools, colleges and universities as well as childminders and early years to enable them to meet and exceed the standards expected from an inspection visit.

Traci has developed specialised training for governing bodies to ensure they are equipped to meet their statutory responsibilities around Online Safety as outlined in Keeping Children Safe in Education.

Traci regularly delivers sessions for parents and carers and has much experience working with students with SEND.

Traci has provided support to Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Board in progressing the Online Safety agenda and has worked alongside their Fostering and Residential Teams. Placing young people at the heart of her work, Traci is a powerful advocate for the voice of the child. Open access training sessions are regularly advertised and bespoke training can be arranged for your setting or cluster.

Contact details

Telephone: 07837 806202
Website: www.esafetytraining


James Upton

James Upton is a Freelance Trainer who has worked in the Substance Misuse and Social Work field for 15 years, he is a qualified Social Worker and an Associate Fellow of The Higher Education Academy. He has previously delivered multi-agency Safeguarding courses and the Designated Safeguarding Leads Training for Derbyshire County Council. James is an associate trainer for the NSPCC and Alcohol Concern.

He specialises in the following training:

  • Multi-agency Safeguarding Children’s Training
  • Designated Safeguarding Leads Training and bespoke packages for schools
  • Safer Recruitment. James is qualified through the Safer Recruitment Consortium to deliver the Safer Recruitment Training nationally
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Substance Misuse Training.

James is happy to be contacted to discuss any training requests.

Contact details

Telephone: 07855 952051


Early Years Fundamentals

Penny Akehurst has worked in Early Years and Childcare for 27 years, the last 10 of which have been spent with Derbyshire County Council as Head of Early Years Quality Improvement Service. 

The services available from Early Years Fundamentals are:

  • Training and Support for Safeguarding Leads
  • Safeguarding Refresher Courses
  • In-house training opportunities
  • Audits on Ofsted readiness
  • Courses on effective leadership and management

Contact details

Telephone: 01773 603774


Sally Greenbank

Sally Greenbank is an experienced Primary School Teacher and Headteacher of 25 years. Sally currently works as a Child Sexual Exploitation Education Advisor. She is happy to deliver general Safeguarding Training to professionals and is also available to deliver specific CSE Training including resources and activities for professionals to use with children and young people.

Contact details

Telephone: 07392068191 or 01332 665386 


DSCB has approved the training materials used by the following agencies:   

  • Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group 
  • Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  • Derbyshire Community Health Services Foundation Trust
  • Blue Mountain Homes

Applying for the Training Validation Scheme

If you are an independent training provider and would like your organisation quality assured please complete the Training Validation Scheme Application Form . Validation panels are held three times a year.

For further information or discussion about the Training Validation Scheme, please email