“The CHA is an essential platform for improved partnership working”

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For local authorities

Local authorities have been part of The Children’s Homes Association since 2020.

The Children’s Homes Association welcomes local authority members, with or without their own children’s homes.

Our membership has become an essential platform for collaboration and communication between commissioning authorities and providers of residential child care, from across the public, private and charity sectors.

Local authorities across England and Wales also use our members’ placement portal to search available vacancies. All Local Authorities can contact us to receive a log-in to our members’ placement portal.

Benefits for Local Authority Members

For many years, our members have recognised that improved collaboration between commissioning authorities, public, private and charity sector children’s homes organisations, is key to addressing challenges in sufficiency and improving outcomes for children and young people.

Only by working together as a sector, supporting each other, listening to each other, and collaborating effectively, will we seize every opportunity to improve services and outcomes for those young lives who rely on the care we provide.

For many years The Children’s Homes Association has been the trusted voice of the residential child care sector in England and Wales. We are able to inform and guide policy, evidence key challenges and priorities in our sector, and remove the barriers to child-centred decision-making and leadership.

Local authorities who run their own children’s homes can join The Children’s Homes association as members. All local authorities can request access to our Placement Portal and collaborate within our membership. Contact us if you’d like to find out more.