Why support us?

We are a charity providing class-leading 24/7 residential care, treatment and therapeutic education for 5-18 year old children, 100% of whom have experienced severe abuse, neglect and early life trauma. We have four residential children’s homes and a special school. 

We’ve transformed the lives of many young people whose outcomes on arrival were bleak and who are today enjoying lives that quite simply would not have been possible without our intervention. 

The funds we secure from 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 help. We are enormously grateful to those who support our work. 

Support our new Oakwood House community

In line with our strategic objectives to increase our capacity to take care of more children in need of our specialist therapeutic care, we will be opening the doors of our new home, Oakwood House, in January 2021.

Oakwood House is at the same location as our existing Kent Campus and school which is of tremendous advantage due to some of the children currently resident at nearby Greenfields House nearing the age limit of that home.  Oakwood will therefore offer a seamless transition from Greenfields for these children – enabling them to stay within the safety of the Childhood First environment with which they are so familiar, whilst offering continuity of care and increasing our capacity as we back-fill spaces at Greenfields House. 

Please consider a donation to help us prepare this property and our education spaces to welcome the children to their new home.

If you would like to know more about how you can support this project, please email cking@childhoodfirst.org.uk.

Read more about our communities here:

I moved to Kent 10 years ago and was invited to attend an evening arranged by Childhood First . The stark analogy given to me that day was this: “if these children were medically ill they would be in intensive care”; this has never left me .

When I heard and saw how the staff meet the needs and aims of transforming these young children’s lives, I knew I wanted to become involved in the newly-formed Kent Friends’  committee for Greenfields and I was delighted to become its chair.  The more I learn about the children and the success of developing a safe and nurtured  space for the young, my involvement deepens.

 I am very pleased now to also be a trustee and working with all four thriving communities.

Sarah Scarratt

Childhood First Trustee and Chair of the Kent Friends’ Committee

Healing Hurt Minds

Our skilled and dedicated staff team work holistically and therapeutically with the children so that for the first time in their lives they are able to appreciate what a warm, loving and ordinary ‘family’ life and education feels like so that they can begin to heal the trauma of their past experiences.

Everything that we do is founded on the simple truth that “the damage caused by relationships can most effectively be healed by relationships”

Learn more about our Integrated Systemic Therapy methodology here

We are immensely proud of the progress made by all of the children and young people who spend time with us. They are clear that they are getting something at a Childhood First home that they have not experienced before, and that this is life-changing. Read about some of our success stories here:

For more information please contact the fundraising team on 020 7928 7388 or email us fundraising@childhoodfirst.org.uk.