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Welcome to the website of The Independent Children’s Homes Association

The Independent Children’s Homes Association (ICHA)

Welcome to the website of The Independent Children's Homes Association

 

The Independent Children’s Homes Association (ICHA) is the voice of independent providers of child care services and resources for children and young people.  We are a Not for Profit association representing professionals who have chosen to work in the independent sector.

We have a rapidly increasing membership with over 100 member organisations, currently representing approximately  half of all residential care placements in the private and voluntary sector in England and Wales. Some members have just one home whilst others have many separate homes across the country.

What we do..

More practically ICHA supports its members through a range of activities and services. This   includes providing advice and guidance to its members.  Members receive weekly Bulletins which provide essential information concerning residential childcare. All our members are also included in the well-regarded ICHA Commissioners Handbook, a key resource for local authorities seeking placements.

Who listens to us..

Department for Education and across Parliament ( including meeting with Ministers and Government officials),  Local Government Association, Regional Databases, Regional Consortia, Ofsted, CRB, CBI, NICE, Skills for Care, the Welsh Assembly, Local Authorities

We work closely with our colleagues in NASS and NAFP