Thinking of Opening a Home?

A requirement for membership of ICHA is to already have a registered children’s home, or for associate membership, to provide related services.

However I can give a few useful comments.

Please see first the information in the FAQ section of our website https://www.icha.org.uk/faq.php re setting up a children’s home. It is important to be aware that registration can be a lengthy process.

If you’re opening a children’s home, having the right insurance to protect you against the unique risks that comes with running a home brings is essential. Having specialist care consultancy on hand to help you with running the home, will prove invaluable too.

Our sponsor, Markel UK, a specialist insurer to the charity and care sector with over 25 years’ experience and, Wilby, the care sector insurance broker, can provide these services at competitive rates for ICHA members.

Members can also obtain care consultancy services from Janjer. Janjer are there to advise on a wide range of care-specific issues, including business management, risk management, and business continuity planning. This includes a pay as you go service and a monthly subscription service. Further details of Janjer services can be found here.

The sector is highly regulated and you will need to be aware of the need to employ staff experienced in childcare and not least, a Registered Manager who meets OFSTED requirements. The lead-in time to establishing a children’s home is substantial and you will be faced with significant setup costs, not only in terms of the property but in terms of recruitment of staff, training, establishing written procedures etc.

ICHA would caution anyone who is not experienced in residential child care to be aware of the current regulatory and market conditions, and to have researched the need in your proposed geographic location very carefully. Be aware that many local authorities operate an approved provider list, many of which are accessed through a tender exercise and it may be that you will have to wait until the approved list is re-tendered until you can tender to be on that approved supplier listing. We therefore advise that you first do a substantial amount of background work to familiarise yourself with the sector and its requirements.

We are not permitted to recommend services but will be compiling a list of consultants, who offer services to children’s homes to ensure they meet all standards before and after registration.

Please note:  You should always undertake your own ‘due diligence’ of any companies/services.

ICHA Membership

ICHA requires members already have a registered home, however, if you have an application already ‘submitted to Ofsted’ awaiting finalisation, you would be eligible to apply to become an Associate ‘Holding’ Member with a proviso that you are required to notify ICHA, once your registration is finalised.

You would then become a ‘full ICHA member’.

 

Requirements

A requirement for membership of ICHA is to already have a registered children’s home, or for associate membership, to provide related services.

However I can give a few useful comments.

Please see first the information in the FAQ section of our FAQs re setting up a children’s home. It is important to be aware that registration can be a lengthy process.

If you are thinking of opening a home, you would also require adequate insurance cover and broker services.  Our sponsors Markel International (specialist Underwriters) and Wilbys (specialist care Insurance Brokers) can provide these services at a competitive rate for ICHA members. https://wilbyinsurance.co.uk/business-insurance/risks/charity-care/

ICHA is also compiling a list of specialist care consultancy services.  Please contact admin@icha.org.uk for further details.

Please ensure you undertake your own due diligence when contacting and employing Consultants or any other external services.

Ofsted

You are advised to refer to the OFSTED website, www.ofsted.gov.uk and consult carefully the regulations, as they pertain to the running of children’s homes.

Ofsted now offer a guide explaining in more detail what the law says anyone intending to open a children’s home must do in order to apply for registration: http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/resources/childrens-social-care-registration-introduction-childrens-homes

The sector is highly regulated and you will need to be aware of the need to employ staff experienced in childcare and not least, a Registered Manager who meets OFSTED requirements. The lead-in time to establishing a children’s home is substantial and you will be faced with significant setup costs, not only in terms of the property but in terms of recruitment of staff, training, establishing written procedures etc.

ICHA

ICHA would caution anyone who is not experienced in residential childcare to be aware of the current market conditions and to have researched the need in your proposed geographic location very carefully. Be aware that many local authorities operate an approved provider list, many of which are accessed through a tender exercise and it may be that you will have to wait until the approved list is re-tendered until you can tender to be on that approved supplier listing. We therefore advise that you first do a substantial amount of background work to familiarise yourself with the sector and its requirements.

Consultants

You must undertake your own due diligence when contacting Consultants.

Interested?

If you are a Consultant and would like to add your details on this page or in listed in the ICHA Handbook, please contact admin@icha.org.uk for further discussions.

CONSULTANTS

Andrew Roberts, Changing Outcomes

Organisation: www.changing-outcomes.co.uk

Email: Aroberts@changing-outcomes.co.uk

Telephone number: 07716475325

Andy has worked in the social care sector for over 17 years. He has a background in psychology, has been a registered manager of a children’s home, and works closely with a number of our members.

Expertise:
• Opening up children’s homes
• Management support / mentoring
• Formulating action plans for Ofsted compliance notices
• Reg 44’s and audits

Become A Member

Although ICHA requires members already have a registered home, however, if you have an application already ‘submitted to Ofsted’ awaiting finalisation, you would be eligible to apply to become an Associate ‘Holding’ Member with a proviso that you are required to notify ICHA once your registration is finalised. You would then become a ‘full ICHA member’.