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The Caldecott Foundation is a leading provider of therapeutic care and education

From bases in Kent and Nottinghamshire, the Caldecott Foundation provides vulnerable young people from across the UK with therapeutic residential care, foster families and education.  Ofsted has rated most of our children’s homes and our fostering service as “Outstanding”.

We operate our own on-site school in Kent for pupils with specific, identified educational needs and those who require bespoke intervention.  The Caldecott School offers weekly boarding for pupils and a dedicated environment for Primary provision.  Through our Education Services, young people in all of our children’s homes can access a wide range of individualised learning packages, from home tutoring to small group ‘nurturing classrooms’ led by qualified teachers and support into a mainstream school.

All of our services are delivered in line with the ‘Caldecott Relational Model’ which underpins our ethos, values and practice. Our model supports children and young people to feel safe through the development of nurturing, reparative relationships. Through the consistent application of our Relational Model across the entire organisation we are able to offer our young people the experience of a secure base from which they can feel safe enough to address issues in their lives positively.

Our therapeutic care and education services are delivered by highly motivated staff supported by our in house therapy team through regular case management, group supervision and mentalisation. Our Clinical Psychologists provide detailed psychological assessments that feed into bespoke treatment plans designed to meet the individual needs of each young person.

Organisations we work with:

  • Kent Invicta Chamber Of Commerce
  • Ofsted
  • Department Of Education
  • Independent Children's Home Association
  • Fundraising Regulator

Case Study

For one child that lived with us his childhood memories were filled with sadness. Constantly being let down, being hit and shouted at was the norm. Then things happened that he wanted to shut out – the very people that should care for him, hurt him. Abuse, neglect, violence and isolation become his world. When taken into care he was confused, withdrawn and put barriers up to stop harm.

Sadly more abuse followed leaving a child that couldn’t trust anyone. When adults tried to care he would push them away. If they tried harder he would react with verbal aggression. If they stayed with him he would hit out. Even though foster carers gave him everything, it wasn’t enough and so several placements broke down.

He started life with us in the only way he knew – verbal, physical aggression to the adults trying to care for him. We gave him a keyworker who for the next three years was a consistent figure in his life attending every meeting, appointment and accompanying him to his therapy sessions. Always there to pick him up when he was low and always believing in him and his future.

He started to attend clubs and societies and enjoy spending time with others. He developed meaningful relationships with adults and made friends with other children. We believed in him and eventually he believed in himself.

The Caldecott Foundation News

  • Caldecott Children Spread Joy Through Artwork

    Caldecott Children Spread Joy Through Artwork

    Despite the anxiety that the world is feeling about Coronavirus, and the challenges of the disruption to daily life caused by the current situation, children and young people from the Caldecott Foundation have been spreading positive messages through their beautiful handmade artwork. Following the government’s decision to close schools in the UK and put the nation into a period of lockdown, an online trend sprang up of sharing rainbows ......
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  • Craig's (Revised) Marathon Challenge!

    Craig's (Revised) Marathon Challenge!

    Craig Rouse, Administrator for Caldecott Fostering has been training hard for his third marathon attempt, in a fundraising bid for the Caldecott Foundation’s Ofsted "Outstanding"-rated fostering service. Craig will be tackling the Brighton Marathon later this year, but the event, originally set for April, has been postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic and is now rescheduled for September 2020. Although Craig was disappointed to hear about the date change, ......
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  • New Sensory Room At Caldecott Primary

    New Sensory Room At Caldecott Primary

    The Caldecott Foundation has celebrated the completion of a brand new Sensory Room at its dedicated Primary School. Featuring state of the art equipment known to offer significant benefits to young people with special educational needs, the Sensory Room provides pupils with a space in which to feel calm and to process their thoughts and feelings before the school day begins, as well as during lessons.  It is available for ......
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  • Simon's Boxing Clever For Caldecott!

    Simon's Boxing Clever For Caldecott!

    The countdown is well underway for Caldecott Foundation supporter, Simon Dyer, as he gears up for an incredible fitness-and-fundraising extravaganza this weekend. Simon will be donning his boxing gloves and testing his stamina to the extreme, as he aims to complete a hundred minutes on pads in the ring, in a bid to raise valuable funds for the Foundation. “I wanted to support Caldecott because of the amazing work they ......
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  • Caldecott's MD Speaks At National Conference

    Caldecott's MD Speaks At National Conference

    Nick Barnett, Managing Director of the Caldecott Foundation will be speaking at this year’s National Police Missing Persons’ Conference in Hull.  The event is set to follow in the success of 2019’s conference, with several hundred delegates confirmed to attend. The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Missing and Vulnerability’ and, during the event, a range of speakers from the world of Missing Persons will discuss good practice ......
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  • Christmas at the Caldecott Foundation

    Christmas at the Caldecott Foundation

    Children and young people from the Caldecott Foundation will have an extra special Christmas this year, following a very generous donation of gifts and seasonal goodies from both large and small businesses and individual well-wishers. Presents have been arriving at Caldecott’s Kent headquarters, thanks to the sincerity of those keen to support the young people looked after by the Foundation, Caldecott Fostering and Caldecott School. Just before December, Advent ......
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  • Caldecott School's Christmas Celebration

    Caldecott School's Christmas Celebration

    Caldecott School has marked the end of a successful term and the start of the Christmas holidays with a Celebration of Achievement and a trip to the local pantomime. In early December the whole school boarded the coach to Canterbury to see “Mother Goose” at the Marlowe Theatre.  "Everybody had a fantastic time", said a staff member who had accompanied pupils to the production. Then, before breaking for the holidays, ......
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  • Caldecott Foundation Produces Poppy Art

    Caldecott Foundation Produces Poppy Art

    Children and young people from the Caldecott Foundation have produced artwork on the theme of Remembrance, following a competition launched by Sainsbury’s in Ashford, Kent. The supermarket, which selected Caldecott to be its Store Charity of the Year, requested artwork from Caldecott School, the Foundation’s residential children's homes and Fostering service, for an in-store display. Exhibited in the foyer at Sainsbury’s Bybrook branch, the artwork supported the ......
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  • Happy Birthday, Caldecott Primary!

    Happy Birthday, Caldecott Primary!

    Oaklea, the Caldecott Foundation’s dedicated Primary school, has celebrated its first birthday with a fun-packed, traditional party for pupils and their families. Cakes and party games were enjoyed by everyone, together with a barbecue lunch at which Secondary school pupils were also invited to tuck in.  The day included a special visit from a “Baby Velociraptor”, in keeping with the theme of Dinosaurs about which Oaklea pupils had been ......
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  • Mayor of Ashford Opens Caldecott's Forest Trail

    Mayor of Ashford Opens Caldecott's Forest Trail

    The Forest Trail at the Caldecott Foundation’s main site in Kent has been officially opened by the Mayor of Ashford, Councillor Jenny Webb. Constructed this summer, the Forest Trail enables young people from the Foundation’s children’s homes and Caldecott School to discover and explore their natural environment and learn more about the wildlife on their doorstep. The Forest Trail was created by a team of volunteers from ......
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