The Mulberry Bush Research

The Mulberry Bush School is committed to research in therapeutic residential and foster care. Through research and its application, The Mulberry Bush School aims to develop and shape a research culture to influence practice within The Mulberry Bush Organisation and other schools, agencies and providers of care to vulnerable, traumatised children and their families. We work in collaboration with researchers in academic and other childcare settings

The Research and Development Department is headed by Dr Caryn Onions. Find out more about who is involved in The Mulberry Bush Research.

Discover more about our Current Research and Completed Research project papers.


The Mulberry Bush Research Findings

The Journal of Social Work PracticeThe Mulberry Bush School’s therapeutic approach is distinctive because it trains and supports its staff to stay close to children’s feelings. Price et al. (2018)

Birth parents benefited personally from their child being at The Mulberry Bush. Onions 2018

Children made statistically significant improvements in English, Maths and Science. Gutman et al. (2018)

You can find more about the research papers cited above on our Completed Research page.



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

Tel. 01865 594700
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