International Centre

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

The International Centre is a free alliance of like-minded organisations and individuals who either practice or wish to learn about the role of therapeutic care – especially residential, foster care and adoption – for children, young people, their families and communities.

Our Mission:

To share models of therapeutic care, and to extend the influence and insights gained from our member networks, in order to improve services and outcomes for traumatised children, young people their families and communities.

Our aim is to achieve this by:

Creating forums and virtual networks that support and enable people to discuss models of high quality therapeutic care, and share reflective practice and research.


Our core values; we support and promote:

  • Models of care that are relationship (attachment) based
  • Models of care that promote ‘living together as a group or family’, where adults, children and families use the lived experience to create ‘a way of living and learning together’
  • Models of care that make use of the culture and ethos of the psycho-social and physical environment
  • Models of care where the culture is influenced by a ‘conscious use of self’ and shared responsibility
  • Models of care that aim to develop a sense of belonging and promote resilience in children and young people
  • Models of care that support high expectations for children and young people, and authentic stability of placement.
Member Organisations

The Following Member Organisations have given their Support:

The University West of England: Department of Health and Applied Social Studies, and their ‘Centre for Understanding Social Practices’ – Institute for Recovery from Childhood Trauma (IRCT) – Jonathan Stanley, NCERCC Director – 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, 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 – Dr Melanie Jordan, the Institute for Mental Health, the University of Nottingham – Care Leavers Association, David Graham (Director) – Jenny Molloy, Hackney Child Consultancy – North Leeds Psychotherapy Service – Camphill School, Aberdeen – Research in Practice – Dove Adolescent Services – UK Fostering – Robyn Kemp and Gabriel Eichsteller, Associates, ThemPra Social Pedagogy, CiC – Thure Gade Johansen, Social Pedagogue – ISP Childcare – Jacaranda Social Pedagogy – Comeragh Wilderness Camp, Ireland – Andrew Kendrick, the University of Strathclyde – Laura Steckley, the University of Strathclyde, MSc RCC Course Leader, Joint Editor Scottish Journal RCC – Michael Bettencourt, Virtual Headteacher for LAC, South Tyneside – Carolyn Mears, Founder Sandy Hook – Columbine Co-operative, Researcher, the University of Denver – Keith White, Mill Grove – The Juconi Foundation, Puebla, Mexico – Nests Therapeutic Children’s Home, Northumbria – NAFP, the National Association of Fostering Providers – Mark Goulding, Supervising Social Worker, Community Foster Care – The Who Cares Trust – ThemPra Social Pedagogy (CiC) – Judith Furnivall, CELCIS, the University of Strathclyde – Child Care History Network – The Consortium for Therapeutic Communities (TCTC) – Care Visions Residential – Scottish Residential Child Care Workers Association – Lighthouse Fostering – Channels and Choices – The Fostering Network – Kites Children’s Services – Mosaic Foster Care – Oracle Care – Glebe House therapeutic community – CASCADE, University of Cardiff – St. Bernard’s Group Homes, Ireland – Five Rivers Child Care – The Amicus Community – Roland Woodward, independent consultant – The Rees Centre, University of Oxford – Chris Taylor Solutions – Positive Outcomes – The Tumblewood Community – National Children’s Bureau – BAAF, British Association for Adoption and Fostering – Europeace Youth – Betsy de Thierry; The Trauma Recovery Centre – Lisa Cherry, author, speaker, trainer, coach – Family Care Limited – Halliwell Homes – OXPIP – Oxford Parent Infant Partnership – The Options Group – The Embrace Group – Family for every child – St Christopher’s Fellowship – David Lane, independent child care consultant – PACT – Every Child leaving Care Matters – Penumbra – Idem Living – Brian Paget – Jemma Moody, Project Lift – David Lane – Independent child care consultant – PACT – Zachary Duncalf – UCLAN – Hillcrest Steps– Right Trak– Valerie Packham – Action for Children – Fostering through Social Enterprise – Diagrama – Sandcastle Care – Rosie Canning- West Sussex County Council.

Each member organisation has one place on the Advisory Board which meets annually.
To join the ‘International Centre’ alliance contact John Diamond


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We communicate with our member networks and share articles, information
and news via ‘The Therapeutic Care Journal’ (The TCJ), which is published bi-monthly

Click here for The Therapeutic Care Journal (this will take you to the TCJ website)

International Centre


We aim to re-integrate all children placed with us in to an appropriate family.

We also aim to re-integrate those children in to an appropriate school.

The Mulberry Bush Learning & Research Centre
93 High Street
OX29 7RH

Tel. 01865 594700
Registered Charity 309565