ICHA is a trade association representing independent providers of residential children’s homes in England & Wales. We are actively involved in promoting the needs of the sector and the children and young people who benefit from our services, by:
• Being the largest representative body of children’s homes providers in the UK with over 80% of all private & voluntary beds and over 50% of Homes in the country; 183 member organisations, 1155 children’s homes and more than 5747 beds in total (at 1 January 2018).
• Meeting with Ministers and Government officials. • Political lobbying so that the voice of the sector is heard.
• Being represented on National and Regional bodies, including: a) D.F.E. b) C.R.B. c) C.W.D.C. (to 1st August 2012) d) C.R.N. e) Welsh Assembly f) Local Authority Consortia Groups g) Ofsted
We are member led and run on democratic lines – 1 member: 1 vote. We have a committee of 19, nominated by members. Each committee member takes a lead on certain issues – e.g. web-site, annual conference, membership, children’s rights, political activity, press and publicity. We also have Sub-Committees for Research & Development, Contracts and Commissioning and Finance.
We hold General Meetings, usually in the Midlands for ease of access, where members can ‘network’ and share quality practice and discuss issues; and to which we regularly invite relevant speakers such as representatives from Ofsted, Children’s rights etc. We produce a Weekly E-Bulletin informing members of developments in the sector, relevant items in the press, training events and other associated topics.
We hold a conference each year and/or we speak at other national conferences and events. We manage our own web-site – where our members are listed individually. We produce an annual Commissioners Handbook that we disseminate to Commissioners. Each ICHA member has a page within the book to describe the services they offer. We have office staff that are available to assist members whenever they can.
We employ Jonathan Stanley, residential child care expert and formally of the National Centre for Excellence in Residential Child Care who joined ICHA in July 2011 as consultant for policy and practice. For more information about ICHA, or to join, contact us as follows: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.icha.org.uk