Challenging a system that is broken for many

Understanding trauma and ACES is just one step in a trauma-informed approach

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Our aim is to

challenge a system that is broken for many to end the education to prison pipeline and build better communities.  

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The T.H.I.N.K. BIG Project was created with the mission to challenge a broken system. Our aim is to engage, encourage and empower individuals to create the life they truly want and build stronger communities. 

We Champion

  • support for students with ACES (adverse childhood experiences) - let us not wait until a young person has become at risk of exclusion or NEET. 

  • mentoring support for all - the narrative needs to change for mentoring support for young people it must be proactive and not reactive.

  • restorative work and language alongside an embedded trauma approach - zero-tolerance and trauma cannot go in the same sentence.

Our Call For Action

Education for all - we want to support inclusive and trauma-informed approaches while breaking down barriers that are formed through biases.

Professionals that support young people need continuous training. While experience and relationships are key in supporting young people, it is important that professionals are consistently developing and being supported with their well-being to limit the risk of secondary trauma and long term impact is measured.

Stronger communities - we want to build partnerships with organisations that share the same values and ethos in supporting young people. 

Dispelling Myths

Our Campaign For Change 

No Longer Can We Say it is not our children, family and school.

Our campaign is based on breaking down judgement on children, families and schools. Through a range of services for both young people and professionals, we want to build partnerships that are ready to challenge a system by dispelling myths and empowering all. 


 THE T.H.I.N.K. BIG Project Company number 09069184

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Who We Work With

    Catherine Rushforth
    Catherine Rushforth

    Safeguarding trainer and assessor

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    Your City Says No
    Your City Says No

    Organisation designed to intervene and prevent Knife Crime

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    Christine Sadller LTD
    Christine Sadller LTD

    Independent Social Worker Best Interest Assessor Practice Assessor

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    Gemma has excellent knowledge of educational safeguarding and has worked with numerous external agencies to ensure that young people are fully supported. She has excellent relationships with those she works with including, students, families and other professionals. Her passion for the life chances of young people is obvious for all to see and is demonstrated in her work. Gemma has a vast amount of experience in mentoring young people and colleagues to support them as they develop. Over her time at Harris Boys’ Gemma had a significant impact of the academy and its pastoral work.

    Peter Groves - Principal