Making ratios not relationships. By Beth Jay

Reminiscing back to my time as an agency worker working in children’s homes, emotions were mixed. The excitement of a new job, meeting new people, the desire to help looked-after children and young people, and a feeling of accomplishment in getting the work experience needed. Yet day-to-day, shift-to-shift, my emotions were on the other end … Read more

“I shared my experience and what it was like.” An Introduction to the Butterfly Longitudinal Research Project – a collaborative NGO Project

James Havey, Glenn Miles, Lim Vanntheary, Nhanh Chantha, Ou Sopheara, Sreang Phaly and Eliza Piano Preface The next four journals will be exploring lessons learned from the Butterfly Longitudinal Research Project (BLRP). This 10-year research project followed the lives of 128 survivors of human trafficking, exploitation and abuse in Cambodia as they received aftercare services … Read more

Residential Care and Education for Children and Young People under the age of 18. Ewan Anderson and Norman Cooke 

The purpose of this paper is to identify and clarify sectors of Residential Care and Education provision for children and young people under the age of 18. The Children Act (1989) provided vital legislation across the field of residential care and education. It followed early work by the Dartington Social Research Unit beginning in 1960 … Read more

International Centre News 1st February 2021

Wishing a Happy New Year to all our members and supporters. This edition of the TCJ brings you papers from a two day youth justice online event entitled ‘Care of young offenders: progress or decline?’ This was a unique two day seminar in partnership with the Dartington Centre for Social Policy and The Mulberry Bush, … Read more

The case of Standon Farm Approved School, 1947

Exploring the Archives for materials related to this issue’s theme of youth offending, I immediately turned to the National Childcare Library, part of the PET Archives and Special Collections.  The Library is a fantastic resource for anyone interested in the history of childcare, including those researching society’s response to youth offending over the last century. … Read more

International Centre News 1st December 2020

A warm welcome to our newest members; Claire Greatbanks (Cheltenham and Tewkesbury Alternative Provision), Catherine Bernie ( Brookfields School, W.Berks), Chantel Yates ( Belmont- Sandmat, UK), Mark Escott ( CEO, Life Chances), Anne- Marie Stewart and the High Close Therapeutic Team, Helen Mc Cormick ( Headteacher, Kingsmeadow School). Our Recent EventsWe ran three successful and … Read more

Creating belonging. By John Diamond

 This was a short talk given at the Coram Family and Child Centre ‘Permanence’ event , London, on 25.11.2019 Introduction. I would like to thank the Coram Team for inviting me to speak at this event. The Mulberry Bush is a national charity which runs the Mulberry Bush School in Oxfordshire and extended community services. Clearly … Read more

Dr Josephine Lomax-Simpson: Continuity of Concern

Dr Josephine Lomax-Simpson or ‘The Doc’ as she was fondly known, was driven throughout her career by a strong belief in the importance of ‘continuity of care’. She was well known for keeping in contact with many of the young people she worked with throughout their lives, and for opening up her personal home to … Read more

The Trouble With Jane. By Thomas Keaney

‘A worthy finish despite the start’ Today we received the news that one of our Care Experienced Children Jane (not her real name) is being moved out of our Independent Special Day school following another foster placement breakdown. This young lady has been with us for the past three years during which time she has … Read more