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A longitudinal study of children's outcomes in a residential special school

Gutman, LM; Vorhaus, J; Burrows, R; Onions, C; (2018) A longitudinal study of children's outcomes in a residential special school. Journal of Social Work Practice , 32 (4) pp. 409-421. 10.1080/02650533.2018.1503162. Green open access

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Abstract

This study presents findings from a longitudinal study of the Mulberry Bush School (MBS), a therapeutic residential special school in England which provides an integrated approach to education and care for children aged between 5 and 13 years. Four cohorts were followed (23 = boys; 13 = girls), each for a consecutive 3-year period, approximating children’s time at the MBS. Children showed significant improvements in their socio-emotional, behavioural and academic development. The picture is more mixed for children’s attachment representations, which might be expected of the vulnerable and severely traumatised children who make up the MBS population. The importance of these improvements stem from the fact that they were achieved in the face of the exceptional disadvantages and challenges that characterise the lives of all children who attend the MBS. This is testimony to their achievement, and to the potential of the residential special school as a therapeutic learning environment.

Type: Article
Title: A longitudinal study of children's outcomes in a residential special school
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/02650533.2018.1503162
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/02650533.2018.1503162
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Residential special school, longitudinal study, therapeutic learning environment, children, trauma
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1566957
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