Childcare History Network

David Lane a former Director of Children’s Services and long time supporter of children’s residential care, started the CCHN back in 2008, to ensure that this important and often overlooked history had an organising body and an institutional base.

The Mulberry Bush acquired the Planned Environment Therapy Archive, and the National Childcare Library ( with most books donated by David Lane) in December 2018 . As the records of the CCHN are held at the Planned Environment, we became the custodians of it’s recorded history.

In 2019 The Mulberry Bush Organisation was asked by David Lane if it would be interested in taking over the management of the CCHN, and after discussions with the board we renamed the organising group the Child Care History Advisory Group, and began planning for our first event. Despite the Covid19 pandemic, in October 2020 we were able to put on a highly successful 2 day online event in partnership with the Dartington Centre for Social Policy entitled ‘Care of Young Offenders; progress or decline’. The report is available here ( link) and on the Dartington CSP website.

Our intention is to ensure that the role CCHN is developed and communicated across all fields of childcare practice and research. We are currently growing membership of CCHN, so please do contact us if you would like to get involved by emailing John Diamond at [email protected]

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.