About us

Scott Casson-Rennie – Director

Scott is currently co-founder and Chief Operating Officer at FASD Ireland, and an independent member of a voluntary adoption agency Adoption Panel.

He led Adoption UK’s England team for 5 years as Head of Engagement & Delivery, whilst there he founded a national reference group for people with direct experience of adoption and worked directly with the Department for Education.

Scott is a keynote speaker, has chaired and facilitated national conferences and set up a network of peer support groups nationally.  He is the co-presenter of the Adoption and Fostering podcast and a co-founder of No Borders Training, which aims to support and develop knowledge and skills in the workforce and for those living with children with complex histories and needs.

He is a former foster carer and adopted three children with his husband. 

Al Coates MBE – Director

Al and his wife Paula adopted three children in 1999 and went on to be Foster Carers for a local authority for two children. They went on to adopt them in 2008 and their sibling in 2013. Their children are now 27, 25, 24, 16, 15 and 9. 

Al left his career in construction in 2008 to be a stay-at-home parent and subsequently trained to be a social worker qualifying in 2013. Since then Al has worked within Fostering and moved to be an Independent Social Worker in 2015 specialising in fostering, supporting adoptive parents and managing challenging and aggressive behaviour. 

Al has also campaigned to raise issues in relation to adoption and continuously worked with the Department of Education (DfE) since 2015 in various voluntary roles. Al also trains across the sector including police, youth justice, education, social care and families in a broad range of associated issues and is an NVR advanced practitioner. 

Since qualifying Al has also been an active blogger and is the founder and co-host of “The Adoption & Fostering Podcast” and “The No Borders Podcast”.

We firmly believe in partnership working, and we love working with other individuals who are able to provide really special skills to their training and who we can all relate to. We insist on speaking in a language that everyone can understand, to ensure that everyone who attends an event with No Borders can make sure they are able to put into practice what they have learnt. We are delighted to be working with the following, who we really class as a part of the No Borders family:

Ruth Whiteside – Resilience, ACEs & Emotional Intelligence (EQ)

My twenty years’ experience in the classroom and working with fellow senior leaders led me into the realm of Emotional Intelligence (EQ) – understanding why we think, feel and act the way we do. EQ is an entirely learnable, measurable skill.

Currently, I work with colleagues in the teaching profession, as well as police, youth workers, social workers and health professionals, to explore how harnessing the power of emotional intelligence can help us to support our children and young people, particularly those who have experienced adversity and trauma. 

Elaine Nicholls – Non Violent Resistance

I’m passionate about delivering Non Violent Resistance (NVR) informed parenting support that meets the needs of families where children have experienced significant developmental trauma.

Adding NVR into the therapeutic parenting mix, I found myself, as an adoptive parent, better able to be the regulated and the empathic parent I’d been struggling to be. Our home became a place where everybody feels safe and valued.

I am a qualified NVR practitioner, and I live with Emma, my partner of twenty years, and our two teenage daughters.

No Borders Training LTD, is a registered company.

Registered address:

Mill View, Plessey Hall Farm, Plessey Hall Land, Shotton Lane, Cramlington, NE23 1JH

Email: NoBordersTraining@gmail.com

Registered Company number: 13464878

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