Monday, 23 April 2018


Several sites have been set up during the course of CUSTTAD's development and CUSTTAD CENTRAL is one of the latest 

The intention is to make it a starting point for anyone interested in knowing what the work is about and where it came from by providing some of the links that are presently available 
In doing so a certain amount of repetition will be unavoidable 

The first CUSTTAD site to be set up was - and still is - at 

The site which probably best illustrates much of the background to the work can be accessed at 
To keep costs down we chose to use the owned but no longer used site for The Walkaway Club at  Both links will take you to the same destination i.e.The Making of Custtad 

On the site at you will find information about: 
Potters Pink paint 
How to Make Good Custtad: a recipe for Head Teachers
Two Information Pamphlets
The Custtad Name and Image
The Custtad Facility in a Clinic - with two photographs and
The Walkaway Club

The links to the two books about the approach - both are available to read on line and as printed versions - are as follows:

BALANCING THE REQUEST TO BE GOOD: an account of a visit to the outskirts of child psychotherapy 

MAKING CUSTTAD: a means of helping children take control of their concerns
It can be read as a Kindle Book at a cost of £3.18 at 

Or purchased as a printed copy for £5.20 (excluding vat and postage) using the following link 

Thursday, 19 April 2018


The Royston Custtad facility was the first one to be located in a mainstream Primary School And it would not have been there without the interest and strong support of Liz Davidson the Head Teacher 

Liz became aware of the work before she became a Head Teacher and was keen to set up a facility if she were ever appointed to be one - which did hope happen

Custtad would not have developed as it has done without her Her influence on the work cannot be overestimated There is so much that could be said about how the approach was implemented within the school and a full account should probably be written because in our estimation- hers and mine - it proved to be an extremely effective resource

It also provided a first class example of what a Custtad room might look like and what materials and furniture were required It was to this room that Anne Rooney of South Lanrkshire came before making the decision to use the approach in that Authority

The images below provide some idea of the layout and the materials which we used in there Also, on the landing outside the door there was a framed photograph of the image which was also used on the book Balancing i.e a penguin balanced on an orange It is a detail from a sand tray made by a girl in the Child Guidance Unit 

The room in Royston became the main training base until this role was taken on by Burgh Primary School, Rutherglen 

Everything from Royston was transferred to the newly established facility in Burgh which now functions as an on site self staffed resource, as part of the network of CUSTTAD facilties in South Lanarkshire and as the training base  

There is more about the move in the post on this site entitled FROM ROYSTON TO BURGH





Wednesday, 18 April 2018


The decision to move the training base from ROYSTON PRIMARY SCHOOL Glasgow to BURGH PRIMARY SCHOOL in Rutherglen, South Lanarkshire came about as a result of several factors A very influential one was the news that the main Custtad worker and a stalwart advocate of the approach was moving to another school

There was also the growing conviction that if Custtad belonged anywhere it was in South Lanarkshire for it was there that the work had received the kind support it required to continue its development And its potential to make a significant and effective contribution to their early intervention program was now being acknowledged. 

We also felt that within that Authority the integrity of the approach was most likely to be maintained  Liz Davidson had retired and the new Head Teacher had indicated that his priorities which were at odds with the basic concepts of Custtad 

The photograph below (presented with much nostagia) is of the emptied facility at Royston It was taken from inside the room looking towards the door 

The photograph below is of the room at Burgh on one of the days after everything from Royston had been transported there And, as is obvious, before the room had been arranged as an acceptable Custtad facility 
At this stage it has also not been painted the required Potters Pink 

Thursday, 12 April 2018


TRAINEES are advised to regularly check the posts on site at CUSTTAD CENTRAL It can be accessed by anyone, anywhere, at any time and is being used mainly to provide news and information of a general kind 

However it is also used occasionally to post information for anyone intending or interested in taking part in the CUSTTAD TRAINING 

A site has been set up for Trainees only and this is entitled ON THE CUSTTAD TRAIN at 
Those workers who have been selected to take part in the Training require an invitation to access the site and for this they required to obtain a google email address The link to do this is

Once a google email address has been obtained it should be sent to An invitation to sign in and have access to the site will then be provided

Wednesday, 11 April 2018


We do not expect everyone who does the training to be as steeped in CUSTTAD as we are but we do expect them to know as much as possible about where the approach came from and what circumstances led to it being considered necessary

Based on our training experience, those who subsequently became the most effective Custtad workers had a thorough knowledge and understanding of both its long held aims and its continuing aspirations.

Anyone who might view Custtad as a possible easy fix for children who are experiencing profound and complex difficulties is likely to be disappointed It is an approach which requires to be employed with much sensitivity, care and attention.

And we believe that those with a genuine commitment to the approach (one which is based on a full appreciation of what Custtad is about) are the workers most likely to provide children with the kind of response they most need.