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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

Application Deadline: TBC

Interview Date:  TBC

Next visit day / Online open session: Tuesday June 29th time to be confirmed.

The Mulberry Bush School is a therapeutic community, registered as a children’s home and a non-maintained residential special school, for vulnerable and severely traumatised primary aged children and their families from across England and Wales. It is part of the Mulberry Bush charity. The school is situated in West Oxfordshire and is rated Outstanding by Ofsted for both residential care (2021) and education (2018). 

We particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic candidates and from LGBTQ+ applicants 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.

Our therapeutic treatment programme is rooted in being alongside 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 currently have vacancies in both our  term time  Burrow (52 week) 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. You can find out the details of upcoming visit days by emailing Lucy at

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 

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 

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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