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At The Mulberry Bush you’ll find a dedicated team of friendly, caring people who are working together to provide a range of services to meet the needs of emotionally troubled and traumatised children, young people, their families and communities.

Thank you for your interest in joining the Mulberry Bush team.

 

Therapeutic Childcare Practitioner

Term time & Burrow (52 week) positions

Starting Salary: £24,231 pa

Next Group Living Open Visit: Tuesday 21 Sep 11.00 until 14.00 hrs

The Mulberry Bush is a therapeutic community, registered as a children’s home and a non-maintained residential special school. We welcome primary aged children from across England and Wales who have been made vulnerable by their severe social, emotional and mental health difficulties, and their families. It is part of the Mulberry Bush charity. We are situated in West Oxfordshire and we are rated Outstanding by Ofsted for both residential care (2021) and education (2018).

Our therapeutic treatment programme is rooted in being with our amazing but challenging children through the ups and downs of day-to-day life. If you are able to get alongside children and offer them authentic care and support while holding a reflective stance then this is a great opportunity to join our multidisciplinary staff team. You will be role modelling healthy behaviour and offering a creative combination of good boundaries, high hopes and expectations, sensitive care and positive experiences. We offer children and their families’ safe, resilient relationships and an environment in which everybody, including members of staff, feels valued and can grow through nurture and challenge.

We particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic candidates and from LGBTQ+ candidates as these communities are under-represented in our current staff team. It’s vital that our children experience a diverse adult community which offers them a range of role models and a rich cultural mix. Like many organisations we recognise a need to develop our inclusive culture and we’d love you to join us on our journey. While we value qualifications, training and professional experience we welcome applicants who bring skills and experience from diverse professional and personal backgrounds: your life experience, enthusiasm, resilience, great communication skills and an openness to learn are what we are looking for. Interests and hobbies you can share with children will contribute to your application. We have recently had a lot of female applicants and we’d welcome applications from men to maintain a good gender mix in our teams.

We have a number of vacancies across the Group living team which is made up of our five household teams:

 The Burrow is our purpose built modern property designed to offer flexible support to children requiring 52 week residential therapeutic care, their families and their professional networks. The Burrow team provides a home for up to six children during school holiday periods, works alongside our term time teams at other times and contributes to flexible, bespoke support to the children’s families as required. The Burrow team works a more flexible rota and takes annual leave throughout the year, which enables them to meet the needs of all the children and create connections across our community alongside their core task of providing a home to their Burrow children.

Our term time houses, Rainbow, Sunset, Pegasus and Jigsaw, accommodate all our children during term time. Each house has a staff team focused on supporting their children. These teams work during school terms, taking leave during school holidays. Their rota is a bit more predictable.

Applicants are expected to have attended a visit day and these happen regularly to help potential applicants understand the role and our work. Details of upcoming visit days from llowe@mulberrybush.org.uk

 The full job description and person specification for this role can be downloaded here.

An application form can be downloaded here.

To submit your application your application please send your completed application form via email to Lucy Lowe at llowe@mulberrybush.org.uk 

A full UK driving license is essential.

Application by completing our application form only, please do not send CV’s.

If you have any questions or would like any further information please email Lucy Lowe at llowe@mulberrybush.org.uk 

The Mulberry Bush School is an equal opportunities employer and committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Applicants must be able to provide evidence of having the right to live and work in the UK and be prepared to undertake a criminal background check by the DBS.

 

Archivist

Salary: £28,443 pa

Location: The Planned Environment Therapy Archives and Special Collections, MB3, Church Lane, Toddington, Gloucestershire 

Hours of work: 37 hrs per week

Contract type: Permanent

Holidays: 25 + Public Bank Holidays

Visit days: 13th & 14th September 2021 (by appointment)

Closing date for applications: 24th September 2021

Interviews: 6th and 7th October 2021.

The Mulberry Bush Third Space (MB3) is a National Centre for Reflective Practice and is the newest venture of the Mulberry Bush Charity. The resources available at MB3 include the Planned Environment Therapy (PET) Archives and Special Collections, and the National Child Care Library (NCCL). These collections are used by the Mulberry Bush Charity to promote and support therapeutic approaches to the treatment of children and adults who have suffered emotional and psychological hurt. 

The PET Archives holds a unique variety of archival, published and oral history materials relevant to the field of therapeutic care. This includes records from psychiatric units, rehabilitation centres, residential children’s services, specialist schools and prison communities, and many prominent and influential individuals. Our current projects include the Wellcome Trust funded Rediscovering Harold Bridger, and a series of online events, podcasts, journal articles, exhibitions and collaborations based on the Black Civil Rights movement, women’s history, mental health history amongst many other subjects. Some of our most notable collections include original material from Dr Martin Luther King, Emeline Pankhurst, Dr Joseph Berke, Donald Winnicott and John Bowlby.

The post of Archivist at MB3 is a unique opportunity for a professional who is looking for a challenging but rewarding role. Reporting to the Senior Archivist, your role will focus on promoting the resource to the wider Charity and reaching out to researchers in a variety of disciplines. Applying your professional skills you will support the management of the Archives by reappraising and cataloguing the existing collections as well as securing new deposits in-line with the Collections Development Policy. 

You will be comfortable taking part in group work inspired by archival resources and promoting the resource to current and former members of therapeutic communities. For example, working with therapists and clinicians to choose records which act as a basis for current and former residents to open up and reflect on their personal histories. You must be comfortable working alongside people who have mental health diagnoses and who may have experienced trauma. Support from experienced practitioners and further training is available for this aspect of the role. 

In particular we are looking for an individual who is able to work within a setting that encourages a TC ethos with the ability to work reflectively with colleagues. The approach is value driven and thus attendance of reflective spaces and supervision ensures that those within the community are best placed to drive the work of the charity.

We encourage applications from all backgrounds, ages, ethnicity, sexuality, disabilities and genders and welcome newly qualified archivists. This is a permanent position which would interest someone who enjoys combining archival processing with group work. There are options to work from home one day a week. 

 The full job description and person specification for this role can be downloaded here.

An application form can be downloaded here.

To submit your application your application please send your completed application form (please do not send CVs) via email to Lucy Lowe at llowe@mulberrybush.org.uk 

If you have any questions or would like any further information please email Lucy Lowe at llowe@mulberrybush.org.uk 

The Mulberry Bush School is an equal opportunities employer and committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Applicants must be able to provide evidence of having the right to live and work in the UK and be prepared to undertake a criminal background check by the DBS.

 

 

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