“RSM has supported our team in designing a very detailed Security Management System, multiple highly engaging and impressive online training programs, as well as fast and effective operational support services. Their team is engaged, responsive and forward learning, providing excellent and personalized services. RSM also designed first rate online training programs for several hundred thousand staff operating in multiple countries – with considerable buy in and success.“
RSM is an established and highly regarded provider of a range of consulting, training, policy and manual design and advisory services aimed at managing risks to young people and educational authorities in a diverse range of settings; both domestic and international.
Recognized by the Directors of the North Carolina Center for Safer Schools, District of Colombia DCPS Security, and the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services and the Governor of Virginia (who prepared a personal Certificate of Recognition), RSM has the ability to combine in-house threat assessment and risk management expertise, training development and eLearning production, with an ability to immediately access best-in-class subject matter expertise on a host of specialized subject areas, marks the company out as a leader in the field.
K12 Threat Assessment
High profile school shootings are just one of the current drivers behind significant efforts at state and federal levels to address threats in our schools. Our work in this complex domain sees RSM’s risk management expertise and in-house technical team work alongside recognized experts in psychology, special education, alternative education, counseling, social work and law enforcement, to develop exceptional quality training and capacity building solutions.
Under contract to the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services, RSM developed the training for all Virginia K12 school and division Threat Assessment Teams. The training comprises a one-day foundation course, a one-day applied course and two-day trainer of trainers’ course, and incorporates best adult learning practice, and real-world scenarios brought to life through innovative use of live action filming and custom animation (all developed in-house by the RSM Creative Learning department). RSM also helped to design an accompanying professional electronic and printed manual for Virginia on Critical Incident Response for School Faculty and Staff.
For the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, in addition to a similar scope of work as undertaken for Virginia’s DCJS, RSM’s role is also to develop a self-sustaining Technical Assistance Network that will enable schools to access high-quality advice on the full scope of Threat Assessment issues.
Capacity Building for School and Campus Security Officers
Under contract to the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services, RSM developed the full scope of training and support materials for the mandatory certification courses for both school and [Higher Education] Campus Security Officers. Commended by DCJS for its innovative use of live action videos and custom animated videos (all developed in-house by the RSM Creative Learning department), the programs mark a significant step forward in creating a consistent trained baseline for these key security personnel.
Developing the Awareness and Skills of School Staff
Teaching and administrative staff are often the front-line when it comes to preparedness and response to high threat situations. Recognizing this, RSM developed the Master Instructor School Security (MISS) program, designed to develop both awareness of practical risk management and response techniques, and the skills and ability to deliver this understanding to the wider school community – peers, parents and the kids in school – to create a sustainable approach to risk management at the school level.
School Emergency Management Exercising Program
Our School Emergency Management Leadership Program is designed specifically for institutions of learning to rapidly up-skill school and District management teams in addressing critical and time-sensitive risks by identifying emergent threats, and responding effectively to emergency situations. Our instructors run courses designed around the risk conditions of specific locations. RSM also runs annual refresher training and exercising to ensure a sustainable approach for safety and security risk management.
District and School Resilience Policies, Plans, Guidelines and Protocols
Our resilience program is designed to assist educational authorities in mapping and evaluating risks, and codify knowledge and best practices through integrated document systems. Our team builds policies, plans, guidelines and protocols at the District level, as well as providing school template systems which can be quickly personalized to meet the unique needs of each location. These systems are aligned to multiple ISO and BSI standards, and operate collaboratively to address risks, and respond to crisis situations. Our team mentors risk owners into the use of document systems, supporting their launch, and ultimately their sustainment.
Services to the wider K12 school community
RSM undertakes a wide range of additional work for the wider school community, including developing a practical security risk assessment tool for use by schools and divisional staff, and undertook site-based security risk assessments on 21 schools on behalf of Chatham Schools NC. We build out resilience document systems and run specific to District educational and exercising programs.
Pro bono work
Managing risks to young people is the focus of RSM’s Corporate Social Responsibility program and something we are passionate about. As well as undertaking much of our work for schools and colleges at discounted rates, RSM has provided a wide range of work pro bono, including:
- Carrying out a risk assessment on the facility and operations of the Village Learning Center (Kingwood TX) – an educational setting for children and young adults with developmental disabilities.
- Training for teachers in Luray VA on active shooter preparedness and response.
- Developing eLearning on active shooter and crisis response and also for bus drivers on their role in keeping young people safe, for the schools authorities of Virginia, District of Columbia and North Carolina that continues to be extensively used and in many cases forms a mandatory training for K12 staff.
“RSM has provided outstanding support with our risk management strategies, not only in terms of providing excellent embedded deployable advisors, but also in terms of being an integrated part of our planning team for complex, remote and high risk freight movement missions.“
“RSM has worked with us from inception through to win, implementation and expansions in South Sudan, providing program management, policies and plans, online and instructor-led training, advisory support, operational services and crisis management support with great effect.“
“RSM have been instrumental in supporting our global risk management efforts, developing our business continuity management system and operationalizing this through a first rate online and certified instructor-led training programs.“
“RSM provides superb risk management and operational support services for our team operating in medium and high risk environments. They are flexible, responsive and always seeking to exceed expectations. They provide a 360 solution, ensuring our teams can operate in a safe, secure, confident and productive manner.“
“RSM has been a great resource to our team and our members, providing excellent support to the dynamic global challenges we face. Their leadership team has been highly engaged, providing personal attention to our needs. The obvious interest RSM has demonstrated in the wellbeing and success of our team and members, their ability to quickly offer effective solutions, and design and implement policies, plans and training has been pivotal to the success of our risk management approach.“
“RSM exceeded expectations in conducting a detailed ISO 22301 compliance audit and then designing and developing a comprehensive BCMS with supportive leadership and online training for our headquarters team and plants.“
RSM were a core part of our team in designing and implementing a dynamic and complex solution for a high profile and critical US government program. They developed our resiliency policies and plans, provided instructor-led and online training, embedded programmatic management and provided a full turn-key solution for logistics, security, administration, fleet management, life support and crisis management services.
Risk and Strategic Management, Corp.
7180 Opal Road
Warrenton VA 20186 USA
Phone: +(1) 209-806-4859
Tavistock Enterprise Hub, Pearl Assurance House
Tavistock, PL19 0BN England
Phone: 44 7966 946 425