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

The Independent Children’s Homes Association Ltd (ICHA) is the voice of independent providers of registered children’s homes in England.

We are a Not for Profit Limited by Guarantee Association representing professionals who have chosen to work in the independent sector.

We have a rapidly increasing membership with over 195 member organisations, over 1118 homes and over 3912 beds for children and young people.

ICHA membership is almost 75% 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 Vision

‘Exemplary Residential Child Care’

ICHA’s Mission

“A member led organisation driving excellence in residential child care, through innovation, collaboration and sector leadership.”

ICHA Press Release response to LGA report re Profit Making

PRESS RELEASE Profit making and Risk in Independent Children’s Social Care Placement Providers Andrew Rome: Revolution Consulting January 2020 EMBARGOED TILL 00:01 ON THURSDAY 27TH...
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ICHA Press Release in response to LGA Profit paper (27.2.20)

PRESS RELEASE Profit making and Risk in Independent Children’s Social Care Placement Providers Andrew Rome: Revolution Consulting January 2020 EMBARGOED TILL 00:01 ON THURSDAY 27TH...
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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.

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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 Limited by Guarantee

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 195 member organisations, over 1100 homes and over 3900 beds.

ICHA membership is over 75% 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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