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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.

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Current vacancies

Therapeutic Childcare Practitioner

Term time & Burrow (52 week) positions

Starting Salary: £24,231 pa

Next Group Living Open Visit: Thursday 17 February 2022, 1100 until 1400 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 [email protected]

 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 please send your completed application form via email to Lucy Lowe at [email protected] 

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 [email protected] 

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.

Fundraising Administration and Support Officer

Salary £22,322 pro rata per annum
Part time – 22 hours p/w
25 days Annual Leave + Bank Holidays (pro rata)
Permanent contractFlexibility for some remote working
Reporting to Head of Fundraising and Marketing

Closing date for applications – 28 January 2022

The Mulberry Bush is a highly successful and forward-thinking national charity, which has been meeting the needs of traumatised children and their families since 1948.  Our mission is ‘To transform the lives of all those affected by childhood trauma, through specialist therapeutic
services’.

The successful candidate will work within the Fundraising and Marketing Team to provide administrative support and help grow supporter numbers and income in line with the charity’s overall fundraising strategy.  This is a great opportunity to work across all fundraising areas and broaden your experience within a small team.

Currently our services include:

Mulberry Bush School: a non-maintained residential special school and children’s home working with vulnerable and emotionally-troubled primary school aged children and their families.  It has developed an outstanding reputation for successfully re-integrating severely emotionally troubled children back into mainstream family, school and community life.

Mulberry Bush Outreach: offers training and consultation to develop reflective practice and collaborative working to strengthen the leadership cultures in mainstream schools and children’s social care organisations.

Mulberry Bush Research: is committed to research in therapeutic residential and foster care and aims to develop a research culture to influence practice nationally.

International Centre for Therapeutic Care: is a global free alliance of child-centred organisations that share therapeutic practice via our online ‘Therapeutic Care Journal’ (www.thetcj.org).

Mulberry Bush Third Space: our events and conference centre in Gloucestershire, which holds the Planned Environment Therapy Archive and the National Child Care Library.

We offer a supportive multi-disciplinary working environment which includes comprehensive supervision, team working, relevant and regular training and generous pay structures and holiday entitlements for all staff.

 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 please send your completed application form via email to Lucy Lowe at [email protected] 

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 [email protected] 

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

Salary £16,418 pa per annum
35 hours per week, 7.30am – 2.30pm Monday to Friday

40 days Annual Leave per year
Application deadline: Friday 4th February 2022
Visit: 11:30, Thursday 27th January / Thursday 3rd February 2022
Interviews: Week of 14th February 2022

Since 1948 we have offered a warm welcome to children made vulnerable by their severe social, emotional
and mental health difficulties. We offer children care, therapy and education. Every child in our care receives
love, support and a chance to develop. (For more information see our website www.mulberrybush.org.uk)

Our Housekeeping team’s main duties are:

  • Cleaning, tidying and maintenance of our five households.
  • Looking after the children’s clothes and running our laundry.
  • Cleaning and looking after all the indoor areas of our site:  keeping the whole place clean, tidy and
    homely.
  • Supporting and encouraging children and other staff members to care about and care for the houses
    and buildings.
  • Being part of the school community.

This work can be very challenging: our children express themselves through their behaviour which often
means damage and mess. Our children need us to stick with them however hard it gets.
The therapy we offer the children needs a whole team, whole community approach. You will be expected to
attend meetings, talk openly with colleagues about relationships and feelings and at times cope with some very
challenging experiences.

To apply for this position, you need to attend a visit on site before we shortlist for an interview. This is so we
can tell you more about how we work and what the job involves.

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

An application form can be downloaded here.

To submit your application please send your completed application form via email to Lucy Lowe at [email protected] 

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 [email protected] or call 01865 300202.

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.

School Maintenance Manager

Location: Standlake, Oxfordshire
Salary: £28,643 pa
40 hours per week
25 days + Bank Holidays 
Pension Scheme
Start date –  Mar / Apr 2022

Closing date for applications:  Friday 28 January 2022
Interview date: w/c 07 February 2022

Duties will include:  day to day management and hands-on involvement of all on- site maintenance and repairs, both in-house and contracted; directing the work schedules and ensuring quality; and managing all related health and safety issues.

The ideal candidate will have:  extensive experience in the building environment with a particular trade and ideally in a supervisory capacity; good IT skills; excellent communication skills and have a clean valid UK driving licence. You will be responsible for the management of the on call schedule. You will also be expected to be a member of the team who is working on call.

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

An application form can be downloaded here.

To submit your application please send your completed application form via email to Lucy Lowe at [email protected] 

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 [email protected] or call 01865 300202.

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.

Our organisation

Our school

The heart of the charity’s practice expertise is The Mulberry Bush School in Standlake, Oxfordshire.

Outreach

Training, consultation and support to schools, care services and organisations working with challenging or vulnerable children, their families and communities.

Our research

The Mulberry Bush is committed to research in therapeutic residential and foster care.

MB3

MB3 (The Mulberry Bush Third Space) is the National Centre for Reflective Practice.