International Centre News – 1st December 2022

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!   Joyeux Noel! Feliz Navidad! 聖誕快樂    As a journal with an international reach, we’d like to acknowledge the different festivities that take place around this time of year for all faiths and nationalities. Whether you’re celebrating Bodhi Day, Kwanzaa, Hogmany or Hanukkah and many, many more, we wish … Read more

Belongings and Belonging by Keith White

Thanks, not least to the writings of Donald Winnicott about transitional objects, there has been a growing sensitivity over recent decades to the belongings of those moving from home into foster and residential care or education.  These may include favourite toys, presents, clothes, pictures, books, and blankets, of course, which for many are reminders of … Read more

How did remote learning affect the engagement in Curriculum subjects of 7 children at the Mulberry Bush school? By Ariel Lambert

The theme of my action research is the teaching and learning during a National Lockdown when schools were responsible for organising and delivering a minimum of 3 hours a day of remote learning to children in KS1 and 4 hours in KS2 (Department of Education, 2022). UNESCO (2021) reported that more than 1.37 billion children … Read more

Transferable Skills by Keith White

As processes associated with globalisation and the revolution in communications develop apace, employers and those in the jobs market, as well as people involved in sport, are increasingly alert to the value of transferable skills.  Changes in social life as well as industry mean that a once in a life training or qualification are unlikely … Read more

The Birth Information Tracing Act and Ireland’s Quiet Revolution by Gareth Beynon

On 30 June 2022 President Higgins signed into law the Republic of Ireland’s Birth Information and Tracing Act. This saw a revamped Contact Preference Register (CPR), the instrument through which adoptees and their birth relatives can seek information about one another, opened to people wishing to register their details, with requests for information from the … Read more

International Centre News – 1st October 2022

Welcome to the October edition of the TCJ. This is my last editorial as I am leaving The Mulberry Bush Organisation, but Debs Doggett, the Senior Archivist at MB3 will be continuing with editing and publishing the TCJ, the next edition will be with you on the 1st of December, ready for Christmas!   Our first … Read more

TC Elders -who and what are we?

We are the TC Elders, a group of experienced individuals from a variety of professional backgrounds, who have all worked in Therapeutic Communities (TC) and share a strong belief in the value of the Therapeutic Community experience. We want to provide an online community meeting space for those affected, in whatever way, by the situation in Ukraine, … Read more

Institutional Discrimination in the Early Years by Jane Lane

This is an article was first published in the TCJ in 2010, and is part of our ‘Through back to the TCJ’ series The principles of institutional discrimination apply to all inequalities covered by present legislation, whether based on sex / gender, ethnicity / ‘race’ / culture / language, religion / belief, age, sexual orientation … Read more

What have YOU done? – by Debra Doggett

This month at the Planned Environment Therapy Archives and Special Collections we are recognising Black History Month through a series of social media posts on our Twitter and Facebook feeds (watch this space!). We are also looking at how we can work across the Mulberry Bush to support inclusion work with both staff and children … Read more