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Current Research

Does the therapeutic model implemented by the Mulberry Bush School benefit the emotionally traumatised children in its care, and if so, in what ways?

Dave Roberts is undertaking a PhD with The Institute of Education. Here are his preliminary findings.


Supporting the creative use of technology to improve life story work for vulnerable children: trove as a case example from REACT

The school is collaborating with The University of Bristol. The Principal Investigator is Dr Deborah Watson. Arts and Humanities Research Council Grant Ref: AH/P013252/1. The aims of the project are:

  • To support children who have been taken into care to capture their early childhood stories and memories and to keep objects of meaning in a secure manner.
  • To support children to have advocacy over their story and to communicate and share this with their adopted families or carers where they wish to.
  • To support social workers and care organisations to best support children in care.
  • To create a sustainable business model and ensure the uptake of the solution

Independent coding of story stems

The school is collaborating with Dr Steve Farnfield and colleagues.
This study is a development from the UCL/Institute of Education quantitative research (2016). The findings from the  study suggested that more investigation is necessary to understand the changes in children’s attachment constructs during their time at the Mulberry Bush School. The aims of this project are:

  • to re-code the story stems using Pat Crittenden’s Dynamic Maturational Model (DMM)
  • to develop a fuller and more nuanced interpretation of attachment styles, especially children’s disorganised attachment.

You may also be interested in the following:

The International Centre Research Group
The Therapeutic Care Journal


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Latest News

Therapeutic Group Work Qualification Approved by Ofqual

We are pleased to announce that our Therapeutic Group Work course entitled ‘Crossfields Institute Level 3 Certificate in Therapeutic Group Work with Children and Young People‘ has been approved and is Ofqual-regulated and awarded by Crossfields Institute. The listing on the Ofqual website can be seen here.    

Buy the book: 70 Years of The Mulberry Bush School

We are pleased to announce the launch of our new book: 70 Years of The Mulberry Bush School Edited by John Diamond, with contributions from staff and colleagues, the book tells the story of the school, its formation in 1948 and creation of the therapeutic child care model that is still used today, 70 years more »

They smashed it!

Congratulations to our intrepid runners Tim and Joy, who braved the heat of the London Marathon and completed the course, raising vital funds for The Mulberry Bush School. The total raised is an incredible £72,553, for which we are enormously grateful and full of admiration. Thank you Joy and Tim!