National Centre News, Spring 2016

Dear Colleagues, A warm welcome to our new National Centre members; West Sussex County Council, Adrian Rocks (Tameside), Action for Children, Graham Ritchie of the Office for the Children’s Commissioner and Gary Ord. Our mission continues to create dialogue and share best practice across the residential and fostering sectors, and to promote the use of … Read more

The Context of Care. By Dr Keith White

With the demise of Kid’s Company in August 2015 there has been a groundswell of critical comment about charities in the UK.  (For example, “It will take more than a fundraising overhaul to restore faith in charities” Ben Summerskill in The Guardian, 30th September 2015; “Fat cat charities rely too much on taxpayers” by Libby … Read more

A Fireside Chat. By Dr Keith White

One of the people who I now realise has influenced me greatly from my younger days is the Swiss psychiatrist, Paul Tournier (1898-1986).  He was the author of a number of books, eight of which I have on the shelves beside my desk.  The books are basically reflections on, and the retelling of, the stories … Read more

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 … Read more

An exploration of mindfulness at the Mulberry Bush School. By Annabelle Rose

This  paper was written for the Mulberry Bush Foundation Degree module on: Professional Issues in therapeutic Provision for Children and Young People. Full title: ‘Does mindfulness have a role to play in a psychotherapeutic community for children with complex needs’ ? Introduction There has been rapid growth in the number of organisations attempting to integrate mindfulness … Read more