The sufficiency enigma

This short paper written by Independent Children’s Home Association’s deputy CEO, Elizabeth Cooper, is being shared in the hope of it stimulating further discussion between all parties looking to improve the sufficiency of care placements for children. The residential childcare sector is known to have insufficient capacity to meet the needs of the children comingContinue reading “The sufficiency enigma”

ICHA Code of Practice

ICHA is the only UK representative organisation of Independent Residential Child Care providers. ICHA membership defines organisations that are committed to their continually improving outcomes for children. Membership of ICHA indicates an organisation committed to the key factors of successful Residential Child Care (see NCERCC: What works in Residential Child Care) as demonstrated by willingnessContinue reading “ICHA Code of Practice”

SMART thinking for Residential Child Care for the next 5 years

The reason and direction for this document The children’s homes sector has not benefited from a national strategy. This document is designed to propel strategic actions. It acts as a firm steer for the DfE Residential Care Leadership Board as to the thinking of children’s homes providers. The Narey report is too disparate to provideContinue reading “SMART thinking for Residential Child Care for the next 5 years”

“State of the Market” survey of residential children’s homes

February 2018. Jonathan Stanley, Independent Children’s Homes Association CEO and Forum member writes: Introduction Being primary source material this survey report provides a valuable insight into the children’s homes sector at a very important time. This is not people external to the sector observing and describing how they think it is, this is the peopleContinue reading ““State of the Market” survey of residential children’s homes”

ICHA Commissioning Handbook 2016

residentialforum: The Independent Children’s Homes Association handbook includes messages from the CEO and Chairperson plus the code of practice and mission statement along with a full directory of members in England and Wales. CONTACT: email or telephone 07794 779893 ICHA Commissioning Handbook 2016