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

From bases in Kent and Nottinghamshire we provide homes and education for young people from across the UK through our residential care, foster families and education. All of our services have been rated by Ofsted as either ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’.

We operate our own on-site school in Kent – which from September 2018 will provide day boarding provision for students. Young people in all of our children’s homes also have access to a wide range of educational packages from home tutoring, through small group ‘nurturing classrooms’ led by qualified teachers to 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 positively address issues in their lives.

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 mentalistion. 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 When taken into care he was confused, withdrawn and put barriers up to stop harm.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

  • Autism Pride Day 2018 at The Caldecott School

    Autism Pride Day 2018 at The Caldecott School

    The Caldecott School was rainbow-unicorn-tastic for Autism Pride Day 2018, in an explosion of colour and circus fun! Young people - and staff - enjoyed a visit from Circus Allstars' founder member and professional juggler Rob, who believes that building confidence makes learning fun.  Pupils from the school and children from the Caldecott Foundation's residential homes were able to take part in circus workshops throughout the day. “We wanted to celebrate ......
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  • Caldecott Footie Fever as World Cup Begins

    Caldecott Footie Fever as World Cup Begins

    As World Cup Fever strikes, children from a Caldecott Foundation house in Kent have been kicking it in new kit, thanks to a local football club. Ashford Football Club have kindly donated personalised football strip to young people who have been engaging in the sport. Children have been proudly practising footie skills in their shiny new shirts, with their names emblazoned on the back - just like the pro players! ......
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  • Arts Week at The Caldecott School

    Arts Week at The Caldecott School

    The Caldecott School has celebrated its first ever Arts Week! Using the theme of Animals, pupils explored African drumming; puppet-making; tile mosaics; baking craft; cartoon-drawing; music; dramatic performance and more, as part of a varied programme in which everyone could get involved. “It’s about showing how the Arts are in everything we do” said Louise, Head of the Caldecott School. “We have an Art Therapist and a Music Therapist ......
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  • Caldecott School visits beautiful Brecons

    Caldecott School visits beautiful Brecons

    It’s been a week of Welsh adventuring for pupils from the Caldecott School! Goldfinches Class have enjoyed a fantastic School Residential in the Brecon Beacons, trying a variety of outdoor sports including caving and gorge walking. Young people also experienced rock climbing and body boarding, with all pupils and staff making it to the top of Pen y Fan.  What an amazing achievement! ...
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  • The Caldecott School Rocks With RockSteady

    The Caldecott School Rocks With RockSteady

    The Caldecott School rocks!  Superb vocals, great showmanship and true friendship were top of the set list when RockSteady Music School visited us just before Half Term. With a full programme of rock workshops and a rock concert to end the day, our young people had the chance to play different instruments. Everyone played together as a band with outstanding attitude and enthusiasm. James T from RockSteady told the Caldecott ......
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  • Caldecott Foundation Hosts Book Launch

    Caldecott Foundation Hosts Book Launch

    The Caldecott Foundation has proudly hosted the renowned psychotherapist Christine Bradley for the launch of her book, “Revealing The Inner World Of Traumatised Children And Young People”. Christine, a former co-director of the Foundation, has more than forty years’ experience of working in therapeutic communities, local authorities and organisations in the UK and overseas.  Her work has been influenced by familiar names in child psychology and psycho­analysis, including Donald ......
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  • Caldecott Visits

    Caldecott Visits "Circus Starr"

    Young people from the Caldecott Foundation in Kent have enjoyed a great day out at the circus, thanks to Circus Starr – the Circus with a Purpose! Circus Starr was founded more than thirty years ago and its performing artists come from all over the world. The touring troupe gives free seats to thousands of disadvantaged, disabled and vulnerable children and helps to raise money for local charities too. Ollie, a ......
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  • Cash-Raising Cakes And Cookies

    Cash-Raising Cakes And Cookies

    Young people and staff from the Caldecott Foundation’s houses in the East Midlands held a very successful bake sale this Bank Holiday weekend. With a mouth-watering array of home-made tasty sweet treats to choose from, the team hosted a stall at Retford Charter Day 2018 and raised a fabulous £180! The cash will go towards the appeal for a new Therapy Room for the Foundation’s Nottinghamshire houses. Amazing achievement guys ......
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  • Wonderful Weather For A Canal Walk

    Wonderful Weather For A Canal Walk

    Sally Milton was blessed with blue skies and warm sunshine for her twenty eight mile trek along the Royal Military Canal this Bank Holiday Weekend. Sally, Lady Captain at Sene Valley Golf Club in Hythe, has been raising money for the Caldecott Foundation’s Young People’s Summer Camp. “The weather was ideal” said Sally, “and apart from a couple of incidents with unexpected stinging nettles and a hidden badger ......
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  • Sally Walks The Royal Military Canal

    Sally Walks The Royal Military Canal

    Bank Holiday Weekend is around the corner and as we cross our fingers for good weather, we might be planning a BBQ, trip to the beach – or perhaps some TLC for the garden. But Sally Milton, Lady Captain at Sene Valley Golf Club in Kent is warming up her walking shoes, ready for a twenty eight mile hike along the Royal Military Canal. “Each captain raises money for charity” says ......
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