Therapeutic Residential and Foster Care

Therapeutic Residential and Foster Care

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16 Dec 2013

Mulberry Bush launch National Centre

The Mulberry Bush Organisation are very pleased to announce the establishment of:

The National Centre for Therapeutic Residential and Foster Care.

Promoting Therapeutic Child Care, Social Pedagogy, and Trauma Informed Practice.

Our mission:

 ‘To create a forum for professionals and academics to share knowledge about residential and fostering work with children and young people in order to improve service quality and practice, and ensure excellent outcomes’:

Our aim is to achieve this by:

1. Creating a forum for sharing, discussing, disseminating and testing models of high quality therapeutic residential and foster care. 

2. The sharing and dissemination of University research on residential and foster care and the needs of looked after children. 

The ‘national centre’ is an alliance of like-minded organisations who recognise the importance of the role of residential care, and who are committed to improving the lives of children and young people. The following organisations have given their support:

  • The University of the West of England: Department of Health and Applied Social Studies, and their 'Centre for Understanding Social Practices'.
  • Institute for Recovery from Childhood Trauma (IRCT)
  • National Centre for Excellence in Residential Child Care’ (NCERCC) Director Jonathan Stanley is a national authority on residential care.
  • Richard Rose at the Centre for Childhood Trauma and Recovery (CCTR)
  • The Planned Environment Therapy Trust (PETT)
  • Dr Claire Cameron, Thomas Coram Research Unit, Dept. Children and Health, Institute of Education.
  • Childhood First.
  • The Earl of Listowel.
  • Mark Kerr, University of Kent.  
  • Dr. Chris Nicholson and the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex.
  • Kate Cairns Associates.
  • Pia Parry, Head of the Department of Childhood, Social Work and Social Care. University of Chichester.
  • Jennifer Davidson, Director of CELCIS. The Centre of Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland. 
  • Steve Elliott and Prospects Care, Wrexham.
  • Care Forum Wales, Looked After Children network.
  • Professor Nick Manning (Director), Dr Melanie Jordan, the Institute for Mental Health. University of Nottingham.
  • Care Leavers Association, David Graham (Director)
  • Jenny Molloy, Hackney Child Consultancy
  • North Leeds Psychotherapy Service.

Each member organisation will have one place on the advisory board which will meet annually. The network will be linked by regular email communications. Our first year aims are modest: to run one conference on sharing current research, and two regional ‘best practice’ events.

To join the ’national centre’ alliance contact:   


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