The Mulberry Bush School is an acclaimed therapeutic residential special school for children with severe social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. These are children who have suffered early trauma, neglect and abuse and their behaviours are often very high risk, chaotic, aggressive and/or sexualised.
The School is in Oxfordshire and is a non-maintained residential special school. It provides a 3-year programme running for 38 weeks a year, delivering therapeutic care, treatment and education for boys and girls aged 5-13. In addition, the School can now provide a Residential-to-Family step-down provision where children move from an initial 52-week care into the 38-week model. Furthermore, the school works with the families of children placed, in order to support a successful and stable home base for the whole family.
Mulberry Bush provides individualised care, treatment and education plans, overseen by a multidisciplinary treatment team of highly trained professional staff, including a therapist. Group living in residential households, National Curriculum education, individual drama and music therapy, individual psychotherapy, group work, family work, VIG work, family therapy training and consultation, all located on one outstanding site are provided as appropriate to meet identified needs.
The School can now provide a 52-week service on-site in our new house. The 52-week service is a step-down provision where we expect children to move into the 38-week model at some point.
Mulberry Bush is a charity and so is not for profit. It continues to guarantee a 0% fee increase for children one placed, for the duration of their placement. The School's Statement of Primary Task is: 'To help primary aged children who have been unable to live in a family or learn in school, who have deep and complex emotional troubles and had developed antisocial ways of being, to discover helpful ways of living with themselves and others and to see themselves as learners and achievers.