What is it about?

Children who have experienced early trauma and abuse often do less well educationally. This paper describes the approach of a UK therapeutic residential special for children aged 6-13, who before coming to the school had been unable to access education.

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Why is it important?

The children have experienced exceptional early disadvantage and challenge. However, the therapeutic care and education at the Mulberry Bush led to significant socio-emotional, behavioural and academic improvements. These improvements are unusual in this population of children.


I hope this paper helps people see how therapeutic interventions can make a real difference. We need to prioritise spending for traumatised children on effective services and I think commissioners for children's services would be interested in this approach.

Dr Caryn Onions
The Mulberry Bush Organisation

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This page is a summary of: A longitudinal study of children’s outcomes in a residential special school, Journal of Social Work Practice, October 2018, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/02650533.2018.1503162.
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