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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 170 member organisations, over 1000 homes and over 3500 beds. ICHA membership is over 80% of the private and voluntary sector and over half of all homes no matter the ownership. 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 child care. All our members are also included in the well-regarded ICHA Commissioners Handbook, a key resource for local authorities seeking placements. We hold quarterly General Meetings for professional development and policy making. We have learning sets for specific subjects e.g. Regulation 45. We publish good practice documents e.g. Regulation 44. We have a range of support documents that enable providers to meet the Quality Standards.

Who listens to us..

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

We work closely with our colleagues in NASS and NAFP