ICHA is actively involved in promoting the needs of the sector and the children and young people who benefit from our services. ICHA is a professional organisation advocating on behalf of the Residential Child Care sector.

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We are also sponsored by Markel UK, a specialist insurer to the UK care sector, who, through Wilby brokers, can offer ICHA members extremely competitive rates. Not only that, but ICHA members can access Markel’s specialist care consultancy, 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.


Representation on National bodies such as the National Contract Steering Group and the National Consultation Forum for Ofsted.

Representation to and co-ordination across regional databases and consortia, e.g. negotiations for annual fee increases.

Responding to and influencing the changing market place.

New commissioning patterns.

Provide input to new legislation

Effective advocacy for improving child centred placements e.g. increasing the stability and appropriateness of placements.

Working with agencies concerned with recruitment, training and retention of our workforce.

Political lobbying so that the voice of the sector is heard.

Responding to Government papers and consultations.

Organising an annual national conference to highlight our activities and concerns.


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Keep up to date with developments within the sector.

Be a member of an organisation whose members have extensive knowledge and experience.

Have your views expressed by an organisation that is consulted by key policy and decision makers.

Have access to advice and assistance on key issues through articles, useful links and discussion forums on the ICHA website, weekly bulletins, quarterly newsletters and meetings.

Meet and share information with fellow members who may be facing similar challenges.

Benefit from being able to swiftly contact the ICHA office

Have confidence that the Officers and a Members Committee are working tirelessly on your behalf

Become A Member

If you are currently registered with Ofsted as a Children’s Home, you may well be interested in becoming be a member of ICHA.

For further information, please contact our CEO, Peter Sandiford  by emailing or you can request a membership pack by emailing or by using this form.