John WhitwellThis site is a way of making papers available and sharing other materials from my work in child care.

I have worked in the child care field since I graduated in 1969. By far the longest period and most formative was at the Cotswold Community from 1972 – 1999. I joined ISP – Integrated Services Programme – in 1999.

During my period at the Cotswold Community, and especially after 1985 when I became Principal, I wrote several papers which were mainly published in the journal, “Therapeutic Communities”. This meant they had a pretty narrow readership, hence the wish to make them accessible here.

I have also gathered a variety of material which can be found in the “Scrapbook” section. The Cotswold Community used to have a library of papers which were used extensively in staff training. It was an invaluable resource and so I have tried to create an electronic version of this library. I have had the privilege of working with, and learning from, some amazing people and I hope that this personal archive will be of interest to others and give a flavour of a way of working and thinking which is less prevalent now.

I am conscious of the fact that there is less material from my time with ISP, which ended when I retired in 2014. I have written about different aspects of therapeutic care in family settings and became even more interested in the importance of food and feeding experiences in the recovery of emotionally damaged children. This is an evolving website and will be added to as I come across articles, videos etc, which enhance our understanding of therapeutic care.

From John’s Blog

  • John’s second blog

    Now that I’m retired I have time to read all sorts of things that I would have passed by when working. In our local Parish Magazine there is a regular …
  • JW’s First Blog

    I have now been retired for four years and, apart from being a trustee of the Mulberry Bush Organisation, have not been involved with the provision of therapeutic care for …

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“Your superb website continues your contribution to goodness knows how many practitioners and as you know I have taken wisdom from it to use at Kitezh.”
David Dean OBE, Therapeutic Education Consultant to Kitezh, a Russian therapeutic residential community for children.