Who we are

We are Childhood First, a charity for severely traumatised children. We provide specialist 24/7 treatment and therapeutic education for children with complex psychological, emotional and behavioural needs. We have four residential children’s homes, a special school and a therapeutic fostering service. We are currently planning to open another home.

Refer a Child

Childhood First is a children’s charity providing outstanding residential care, foster care and special education, integrated with effective therapeutic treatment, to children and young people affected by abuse, neglect and deprivation.

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Integrated Systemic Therapy

Our unique and effective approach has been developed over half a century and is known as Integrated Systemic Therapy (iST).  It transforms young lives, delivering unparalleled success in the treatment of children and young people suffering serious emotional and behavioural disturbance.

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Work with Us

Whether you are seeking to work hands-on with our children as a care worker or as a member of our administrative team – we are able to offer you a life-changing and rewarding career path. We recruit people who work collectively to positively impact the lives of the children we care for.

Career Opportunities

Support Us

The funds we secure from our generous benefactors and trusts are absolutely essential in enabling us to build more beds and develop our services to meet the increasing demand from children in need of our specialist care.  In response to Covid-19 we have identified a number of urgent priorities for support.

How you can Support Us

Oakwood House Community Project

We are very pleased to be able to launch this short film we made to promote our new fundraising campaign to support the development of our new community at Childhood First, Oakwood House. Orette King, Director of Gables House and soon to be Registered Manager of Oakwood House, shares his experiences of Integrated Systemic Therapy and the work we do for children and young people.

Latest News

Find out the latest news and what’s been going on at Childhood First.

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