We are very pleased to announce the establishment of:

‘The national centre for residential therapeutic child care, social pedagogy, and trauma informed practice’

Our mission:

‘To create a forum for professionals and academics to share knowledge about residential work with children and young people in order to improve service quality and practice, and ensure excellent outcomes’:
Our aim is achieve this by:

1. Creating a forum for sharing, discussing, disseminating and testing models of  high quality therapeutic residential care, such as the work of the Mulberry Bush School.

2. The sharing and dissemination of University research on residential care and the needs of looked after children.

The ‘national centre’ is an alliance of like- minded  organisations who recognise the importance of the role of residential  care, and who are committed to improving the lives children and young people. The following organisations have given their support:

– ‘Centre for Understanding Social Practices’.
– Institute for Childhood Trauma and Recovery (ICTR)
– National Centre for Excellence in Residential Child Care’ (NCERCC) Director Jonathan – Stanley is a national authority on residential care.
– 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 and 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.
– Care Forum Wales, Looked After Children network

Each member organisation will have one place on the advisory board which will meet annually. The network will be linked by regular email communications. Our first year aims are modest: to run one conference on sharing current research, and two regional ‘best practice’ events.

To join the ’national centre’ alliance contact: jdiamond@mulberrybush.org.uk