Thinking of Opening a Children’s Home?

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

You are advised to refer to the OFSTED website 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

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

Thinking of Opening a Children’s Home?

Published by Residential Forum

The Residential Forum is to promote the achievement of high standards of care and support for children and adults living in residential care and nursing homes, supported housing, residential schools and colleges, hospices and hostels. It contributes to improving the quality of service to the public. Members of the Forum are people of standing and experience drawn from the public, private and voluntary sectors, as well as some who can speak for service users and carers.

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