Using outdoor activities to support traumatised children. By Elsa Bouillard

Introduction This assignment represents the final project of a Foundation Degree in Therapeutic Childcare for Children and Young People I undertook as part of my initial contract at The Mulberry Bush School (MBS). It is an action research project, consisting in identifying an area in my work I would like to investigate, putting an intervention … Read more

To what extent does a nurturing environment support the academic engagement of traumatised children? By Laura Dennis

Introduction Within the following paper I will explore the effect that nurturing environments can have on traumatised children’s academic learning. I have included extracts from my own reflective journal to offer an insight into my own day-to-day experience of working alongside traumatised children. The focus of the paper will be on nurturing environments. The word … Read more

Professional Issues in Therapeutic Provision for Children and Young People. By Bianca Benoit Patterson.

Introduction My workplace is a small, inner-city mainstream primary school within a very diverse community. My role as a Learning Support Assistant in the Reception year group, aged 4-5 years, encompasses working alongside the teacher in providing a safe, stimulating, play-based learning environment. It also involves ensuring every child is given the opportunity to meet … Read more

Maintaining therapeutic relationships during lockdown. By Rhiannon Thomas

This article was originally published in CYPNow by Rhiannon Thomas on June 23rd 2020. Published with permission. The pandemic lockdown presented significant challenges for providers of children’s homes. Here, Rhiannon Thomas, therapeutic manager at St Christopher’s Fellowship (, outlines how its specialist therapeutic service helped staff working in the settings to maintain support for children … Read more

How do foster carers help young people with trauma? By Sarah McLaughlin

Children’s charity St Christopher’s Fellowship ( celebrate the amazing foster families who transform the lives of children every single day. Sharon is just one of these foster carers – here she tells her story of fostering three sisters. “Hello, I’m Sharon I have been asked to talk about my experience of therapeutic parenting as … Read more