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Careers

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

Application Deadline: 30 August 2021 

Interview Date: 15 September 2021

Next visit day / Online open session: Tuesday 21 July  11am – 2pm

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.

 In September we will 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

Due to the Covid-19 epidemic we are currently offering online open sessions in place of visit days, and holding socially distanced interview days on our site. Details of this TBC and may need to change if the Covid-19 situation and related government guidance change.

 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.

 

Housekeeper

35 hours per week

Salary: £16,418 pa

Generous holiday entitlement (40 days per year)

Application deadline: Tuesday 31 Aug 2021

Interviews: Friday 17 September 2021

Since 1948 we have offered a warm welcome to vulnerable children aged 5-13 from all over the UK. We offer integrated 38-week and 52-week specialist residential therapeutic care, treatment and education for primary aged children made vulnerable by their severe social, emotional and mental health difficulties and are proud that every child in our care receives love, support and a chance to develop. We are seeking to appoint a housekeeper to join our Housekeeping team. This post is all about being part of a team, getting involved with the whole of our community and making a contribution.

The Therapeutic Housekeepers oversee the cleanliness and tidiness of our five households. They oversee the children’s clothes and the running of the laundry. The Housekeepers also share responsibility for the cleanliness and tidiness of all the rooms and indoor areas of our site. Their overall task is to keep the whole place homely. This can be challenging as our children express themselves through their behaviour which can mean damage and mess on a regular basis.

Our housekeepers work alongside the therapeutic staff teams, other support teams and the children. They are part of the whole community approach we have to helping our children feel good about themselves, grow and learn. Our housekeepers attend meetings where the therapeutic work is thought about and discussed. This helps in the therapeutic treatment process for the children.

If you are interested in learning more about this post and the school there will be an open day on Friday 10 Sep 09:30 – 11:30am.

The full job description 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 

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.

 

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