ICHA Media Release - Supreme Court Judgement - Sleeping in

ICHA Media release

Supreme Court Judgement: Royal Mencap Society (Respondent) v Tomlinson-Blake (Appellant)

re Children’s residential care sleep-in payments: 19th March 2021

Whilst the sector welcomes the Supreme Court judgement, it does underline the need to recognise residential child care as a profession.

Residential child care staff do an amazing job with far too little recognition both professionally and financially.  We must work at creating a career pathway that is similar to that of other professions such as nursing or social work.   If the Supreme Court had ruled differently, their decision would have significantly impacted on the sector with some providers having to close, thereby adding further to the disruptions experienced by the children we are caring for and further reducing the availability of Children’s Homes to provide love and care to them. 


Notes to Editors

The Independent Children’s Homes Association Ltd (ICHA) is the voice of providers of residential child care services and resources across England and Wales. We are a Not-for-Profit Limited Company.


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 represents both large and small providers.  Some members have just one home whilst others have many homes across a wide geographic area.

Peter Sandiford


07597 982533

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