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

We joined ICHA about 15 years ago, branching out from the rather closed world of therapeutic communities, in order to be better informed about what our competitors, especially in the private sector, were thinking and doing. We have never regretted it, have always found ICHA a rich source of information and mutual support. We have participated in the leadership group, and ICHA remains one of our key partners in understanding and influencing what is happening in the children’s residential care (RCC) sector and in Government. Under Peter Sandiford’s leadership, ICHA has become the essential ‘go-to’ industry body for both RCC Chief Executives and for Government.

Childhood First

May I just say what a great job you are doing. As a member organisation, we really appreciate how ICHA has developed under new leadership, and in particular how it has risen to the challenge of the current pandemic. The information service is excellent, a necessary read for us all in the sector, and the communications with Government agencies have also become substantially more convincing.

Childhood First, 15 Jun 2020
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-

  • 230 member organisations
  • 222 vacancies

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

To view important updates such as COVID information, please click here
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