The Planned Environment Therapy Trust is proud to support the new

‘National Centre for Therapeutic Residential and Foster Care’


announced by the Mulberry Bush Organisation


Promoting: Therapeutic Child Care, Social Pedagogy and Trauma Informed Practice.



Our mission:
‘To create a forum for professionals and academics to share knowledge about residential and fostering work with children and young people in order to improve service quality and practice, and ensure excellent outcomes’:


Our aim is achieve this by:

  1. Creating a forum for sharing, discussing, disseminating and testing models of  high quality therapeutic residential and foster care.
  2. The sharing and dissemination of University research on residential and foster care and the needs of looked after children.

The ‘National Centre’ is an alliance of like-minded organisations who recognise the importance of the role of residential and foster care, and who are committed to improving the lives children and young people. The following organisations have given their support:


  • The University of the West of England: Department of Health and Applied Social Studies, and the ‘Centre for Understanding Social Practices’.
  • Institute for Recovery from Childhood Trauma (IRCT)
  • National Centre for Excellence in Residential Child Care’ (NCERCC) Director Jonathan Stanley is a national authority on residential care.
  • Richard Rose at the Centre for Childhood Trauma and Recovery (CCTR)
  • The Planned Environment Therapy Trust (PETT)
  • Dr Claire Cameron, Thomas Coram Research Unit, Dept. Children and Health, Institute of Education.
  • Childhood First.
  • The Earl of Listowel.
  • Mark Kerr, University of Kent.
  • Dr. Chris Nicholson and the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex.
  • Kate Cairns Associates.
  • Pia Parry, Head of the Department of Childhood, Social Work and Social Care. University of Chichester.
  • Jennifer Davidson, Director of CELCIS. The Centre of Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland.
  • Steve Elliott and Prospects Care, Wrexham.
  • Care Forum Wales, Looked After Children network.
  • Professor Nick Manning (Director), Dr Melanie Jordan, the Institute for Mental Health. University of Nottingham.
  • Care Leavers Association, David Graham (Director)
  • Jenny Molloy, Hackney Child Consultancy
  • North Leeds Psychotherapy Service
  • Camphill School Aberdeen
  • Research In Practice
  • Dove adolescent Services
  • UK Fostering
  • Robyn Kemp – ThemPra Social Pedagogy
  • Thure Gade Johansen, Social Pedagogue
  • ISP Childcare
  • Jacaranda Social Pedagogy
  • Comeragh wilderness camp, Ireland.
  • Andrew Kendrick, University of Strathclyde


Each member organisation will have one place on the advisory board which will meet annually. The network will be linked by regular email communications. Our first year aims are: to run two regional ‘disseminating best practice’ events, a London ‘learning exchange summit’ in collaboration with CELCIS, and an inaugural conference.


To join the ‘National Centre’ alliance contact: John Diamond, Executive Director, Mulberry Bush Organisation