National Centre News: January 2016

Dear Colleagues,

A warm welcome to our newest members: Diagrama, Sandcastle Care, Rosie Canning, Action for Children, Fostering through Social Enterprise, and West Sussex County Council.

The National Centre is the only free organisation committed to creating dialogue about therapeutic practice and sharing reflective practice, training and research across the residential and fostering sectors.

Next edition of the Therapeutic Care Journal: Call for papers !

The next edition of our on-line journal : will be published on February 1st. The aim of the journal is to share your experiences of working with emotionally troubled children and young people. As journal editor I am looking for your reflective writing: papers, articles, working notes, poems or academic papers that capture the ‘lived experience’ of our work. The research group is also committed to using the site to develop a ‘research register’ of papers that focus on meeting the needs of looked after children and young people. The site can also be accessed via the National Centre page on the Mulberry  Bush website.

Next National Centre events:

1. We hope members will support and attend a unique opportunity for accelerated professional development:

”What do I care?’ – Understanding my place in the system of care”

Our first innovative 2 day ‘Social Care Active Education Event’ for front line staff in Residential Child and Foster Care, this has been developed in partnership with the University of Essex Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies and Childhood First.

Only £195 for a 2 day in depth event with accommodation. With Peter Wilson, Lisa Cherry and John Burton as keynote speakers. 

When and where: April 14-15th 2016, at the Tony Rich Teaching Centre, Colchester Campus, University of Essex.

Online bookings at:


2. Our 3rd National Centre, South East branch day conference in partnership with the University of Kent, Centre for Child Protection:

‘Cutting edge work with traumatised young people’

Will take place on:

April 21st at Woolf Hall, Canterbury Campus. 

Finally, A new National Centre North West branch
We are currently exploring and looking to develop a branch of the National Centre in the NW, with UCLAN ( University Central Lancashire) hosting a regular ‘reflective practice forum’ for residential and  foster carers across the region. I will keep you posted on this.

Best wishes to all for 2016 !