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Welcome to The Independent Children’s Homes Association (ICHA)

The Independent Children’s Homes Association (ICHA) is the voice of independent providers of child care services and resources for children and young people. We are a Not for Profit association representing professionals who have chosen to work in the independent sector.

We have a rapidly increasing membership with over 180 member organisations, over 1100 homes and over 5700 beds for children and young people.

ICHA membership is over 80% of the private and voluntary sector and over half of all homes no matter the ownership. Some members have just one home whilst others have many separate homes across the country.

ICHA’s Mission Statement

“To represent the independent residential child care sector and promote quality child care nationally within the membership.

WHO WE ARE

The Independent Children’s Homes Association (ICHA) is the voice of independent providers of child care services and resources for children and young people.

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WHAT WE DO

More practically, ICHA supports its members through a range of activities and services. This includes providing advice and guidance to its members.

Members receive weekly Bulletins which provide essential information concerning residential child care.

All our members are also included in the well-regarded ICHA Commissioners Handbook, a key resource for local authorities seeking placements.

We hold quarterly General Meetings for professional development and policy making.

We hold learning sets and publish good practice documents.

We have a range of support documents that enable providers to meet the Quality Standards.

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WHERE WE WORK

ICHA has members all over the country. Every member has a registered children’s home, or for associate membership, to provide related services.

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WHO LISTENS TO US?

Who listens to us..

Department for Education and across Parliament (including meeting with Ministers and Government officials), Local Government Association, ADCS, Local Authorities, Regional Databases, Regional Consortia, Ofsted, DBS, NICE, SCIE.

We work closely with our colleagues in NASS and NAFP.

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To represent the independent residential child care sector and promote quality child care nationally within the membership.

ICHA

Not for Profit

We are a Not for Profit association representing professionals who have chosen to work in the independent sector.

We have a rapidly increasing membership with 183 member organisations, over 1100 homes and over 5700 beds.

ICHA membership is over 80% of the private and voluntary sector and over half of all homes no matter the ownership. Some members have just one home whilst others have many separate homes across the country.

Membership

Members receive weekly Bulletins which provide essential information concerning residential child care. All our members are also included in the well-regarded ICHA Commissioners Handbook, a key resource for local authorities seeking placements. We hold quarterly General Meetings for professional development and policy making. We have learning sets for specific subjects e.g. Regulation 45. We publish good practice documents e.g. Regulation 44. We have a range of support documents that enable providers to meet the Quality Standards.

Who listens to us

Department for Education and across Parliament ( including meeting with Ministers and Government officials), Local Government Association, Local Authorities, Regional Databases, Regional Consortia, Ofsted, DBS, NICE, Skills for Care, the Welsh Assembly.

LET’S WORK TOGETHER

We work closely with our colleagues in NASS and NAFP.

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