The Independent Children’s Homes Association Ltd

The Independent Children’s Homes Association Ltd is committed to the delivery of Exemplary Residential Child Care.

We are a member led organisation, driving excellence in residential childcare through innovation, collaboration & sector leadership


Conference - "Residential Child Care: starting to map the future"

ICHA Members can have four free places as part of their membership, subsequent places will be £20. Delegates joining ICHA prior to the event will have access to the free places. Non-members, including local authorities and unregulated 16+ providers (soon to be regulated), at the full fee of £70 per place (Plus VAT).

To book places, please follow this link:


Morning – the agenda for change
Chair – Peter Sandiford – CEO The Independent Children’s Homes Association

  1. Chair of Care Review – Josh MacAlister
  2. Children’s Commissioner – Dame Rachel de Souza
  3. DfE Director Children’s Social Care: Strategy and Practice - Sophie Langdale
  4. Expert by experience (Become) - person to be confirmed
  5. PANEL questions

LUNCH Break – Sponsor lounge

Afternoon – pointers to the future
Guest Chair – Harvey Gallagher – CEO National Association of Fostering Providers

  1. Lucy Butler - DCS West Sussex
  2. Liz Cooper - DCEO The Independent Children's Homes Association - The Sufficiency Enigma
  3. ICHA & NAFP & West Sussex – Our Vision - Working Together for the Future
  4. PANEL – final questions

Close 16.15

To book places: ICHA Registration Booking Site - ICHA's First Annual Conference (

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

The Independent Children’s Homes Association Ltd is the voice of providers of registered children’s homes in England and Wales..

We are a ‘Not for Profit Limited by Guarantee Association’ representing providers of registered children’s homes.

We have a steadily increasing membership having grown from 183 in 2017 to currently-

  • 239 member organisations
  • 246 vacancies

Local Authorities with in-house children’s homes are welcomed as affiliate members.

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