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.Make a Referral
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
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
Introducing our new CEO, Gary Yexley
Following seventeen years as Chief Executive of Childhood First, Stephen Blunden is retiring. As we bid Stephen a fond farewell, we are thrilled to introduce to you his successor, Gary Yexley. Gary’s journey within Childhood First has taken him from working directly with the children as a Therapeutic Care-worker 26 years ago to now leading the charity as CEO. Please see this short video that was made, introducing Gary to colleagues across the organisation.
Find out the latest news and what’s been going on at Childhood First.
The Greenfields girls take on Latitude Festival!
03 September 2021
06 August 2021
Karaoke Night at Greenfields!
25 June 2021
New Childhood First Chief Executive
27 April 2021
10 February 2021
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