Current Research

Adverse Childhood Experiences of Mulberry Bush Children

Since The Mulberry Bush began in 1948, over 800 children have attended the school. This project is looking at the demographics of a group of Mulberry Bush children and will make links to the literature on Adverse Childhood Experiences. This one year MSc project is in collaboration with the Anna Freud Centre.


What happens when children leave The Mulberry Bush School?

This qualitative study will follow up a number of ex-pupils to see how they have been since leaving the school. It will consider various aspects of their lives such as psychosocial development and progress at school and work. This two year MSc project is in collaboration with the Anna Freud Centre. It will contribute to a larger study following the lives of ex-pupils.


UEL research evaluation of The Mulberry Bush school’s model of reflective practice

The research project is an evaluation of the learning culture provided for practitioners by The Mulberry Bush School. The purpose of the research is to find out how the learning culture makes a difference for educational and therapeutic practitioners both in relation to their professional well-being and in relation to their effectiveness in role. The focus is on the meaning of ‘reflective practice’ and whether opportunities to develop reflective insight translate into learning that practitioners can implement on the ground.


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.


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.



You may also be interested in the following:

The International Centre Research Group
The Therapeutic Care Journal



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