Mulberry Tree House Update

8th February 2024

Dear Parents and Carers,

We want to update you all that currently our Residential Service based at Mulberry Tree House remains suspended, and this will be continuing during the rest of spring term.

Charlton Park Academy Trust has still not been able to recruit to the vacant positions of Head and Deputy head of Care. While we have been offering a competitive salary, unfortunately there is a national challenge currently with recruiting suitably qualified staff.

The requirements of Ofsted and National Minimum Care standards are that staff leading the service must be full time employees and the recommendations of the last inspection must be met in this regard.

Therefore, until we have secured the necessary qualified and experienced leaders of this service, we have been unable to re-commence service delivery. It remains our intention and that of RBG that the service will reopen as soon as possible.

It is a key part of meeting national minimum standards that the necessary skilled and experienced staff are in the position of trust and in order to ensure that all residents are safe whenever they stay with us.

We are meeting regularly with Royal Borough of Greenwich commissioners, all of whom are working closely with us and supporting us in promoting the posts and hoping to be able to recommence the service as soon as possible.

We will update you again in March.

Yours faithfully

Mark Dale-Emberton

Principal/Accounting Officer