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Understanding Children

Understanding Children

The Mulberry Bush Outreach


Collaboration at a national level

The Mulberry Bush Outreach service provides training, consultation and support to schools, care services and organisations working with challenging or vulnerable children, their families and communities.
They also provide all of the training for the staff at our school, which is focused around the level 5 Foundation Degree in Therapeutic Work with Children and Young People


Foundation Degree (FdA) in Therapeutic Work with Children and Young People

An award-winning Level 3 course, with an option to continue to a Level 5 Foundation Degree, run by The Mulberry Bush and validated by the University of the West of England.

The course develops the capacity of students to support the emotional growth of children and young people through meaningful relationships. Students will be encouraged to learn about themselves and engage creatively in group situations. A key concept of the course is recognising the influence of unconscious processes and understanding behaviour as a form of communication.

Learning is theoretical and experiential and students will be encouraged to bring case material from their own work settings.

The Foundation degree is a Level 5 qualification. The course is regarded as equivalent to the mandatory Level 3 Diploma and the content has been mapped against these requirements, and the Therapeutic Service Standards set out by the Community of Communities. A progression year to BA (Hons) level is available through the University of the West of England.

More detailed information can be found in the course leaflet here.

To submit an application please download and complete our application form and return this to Kathy Smith at

(Please do not try to apply via UCAS)


Training Events and Courses

As well as running the Foundation Degree course, the Outreach Team also run a number of other training courses for those working alongside children and young people. These training opportunities explore a range of topics such as Attachment Practice, Emotion Coaching, the Neuroscience of Trauma and many others.