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The Mulberry Bush

Country: United Kingdom
Established: 1948
Website: mulberrybush.org.uk

Showing the way in therapeutic care

The Mulberry Bush School provides specialist residential therapeutic care, treatment and education for primary-aged children from across England and Wales, made vulnerable by their severe social, emotional and behavioural issues.

The staff works closely with the children’s families to support them with the changes they need to make to enable them to live together as a family.

Children arrive from environments of family breakdown, high anxiety and trauma. The Mulberry Bush’s work is about long term change. To achieve this they build relationships with children and families and engage in building a more stable future together.

Approach

The Mulberry Bush believe that to effectively understand, educate and treat children who display challenging and disturbing behaviours, we need to be reflective practitioners, highly attuned to the communication and needs of children.

Through their understanding of children’s verbal and non-verbal communication they can adapt their work and the environment to better meet children’s needs. Through meeting the needs of children they provide an environment in which they feel safe, understood and able to engage in learning socially, emotionally and academically.

The organisation has three core principles that underpin its therapeutic work:

  • Psychodynamic approach
  • Reflective culture
  • Collaborative working

The Mulberry Bush also share their knowledge of therapeutic residential and foster care and promote therapeutic childcare and trauma-informed practice through their International Centre for Therapeutic Care. The online, Therapeutic Care Journal shares information about all aspects of care for children and young people.

The Mulberry Bush Outreach provides training and consultation on therapeutic work with children and young people for education, social care and health providers.

The Mulberry Bush Resources

  • In the News
  • Reports
  • In the Blog

In the News

Reports

On the Blog

  • Amplifying the voices of #migrant children through photos and words – a case study: https://t.co/98rv6126TR https://t.co/ZU3CNqoiOQ

    11 hours ago

  • RT @refugeecouncil: Tragically, #homelessness is common for refugees just when they're first granted refugee status. There's still just eno…

    14 hours ago

  • One way to support people on the move is to listen to their experiences, but it can be difficult for them to be hea… https://t.co/30omTVJegb

    16 hours ago