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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 five of our children’s homes and our fostering service as “Outstanding”, with all of our other services rated as “Good”.

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 When taken into care he was confused, withdrawn and put barriers up to stop harm.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

  • Exciting Developments At Caldecott Primary

    Exciting Developments At Caldecott Primary

    Four terms into the academic year, Caldecott Primary School continues to go from strength to strength. Refurbishment of a Caldecott Foundation house in September 2018 made way for a dedicated Primary provision for the Caldecott School, where pupils with Special Educational Needs can engage with class based topics and outdoor learning. “All of our classes are set up to provide a low stimulus learning environment, which is zoned and structured to ......
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  • "Caldecott Champions" To Become Annual Show

    Following the huge success of its second white collar tournament in support of the Caldecott Foundation, Kent Coast Charity Boxing (KCCB) has announced that “Caldecott Champions” is to become an annual event. The St Patrick’s Day show at the Leas Cliff Hall in Folkestone raised almost £8000 for the Caldecott Foundation, after participants were sponsored to receive ten weeks’ training in the ring. “We are proud to be involved with ......
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  • Caldecott Fostering Rated Outstanding By Ofsted

    Caldecott Fostering Rated Outstanding By Ofsted

    Following its full inspection from Ofsted, Caldecott Fostering has been rated as an overall 'Outstanding' provider of services. The announcement comes as the fostering agency sets out a number of plans for the year ahead, building upon its successes of the past three years. “We have high aspirations for all our placed children and young people; our staff team and our foster carers”, says Clair Chamberlain, Registered Manager for Caldecott ......
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  • Caldecott School Pupils Wow Judges With Projects

    Caldecott School Pupils Wow Judges With Projects

    The Caldecott School’s Independent Learning Project (ILP) for term 3 resulted in the highest standard of entries since the initiative was launched, says Project Lead, Jerry Evans. The ILP has been running termly for four years at the Caldecott School and gives pupils the opportunity to engage with curriculum-based work in a format of their choice. Broken down into modules covering all aspects of learning, the ILP allows pupils to ......
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  • Claire's Champion Countdown Is On!

    Claire's Champion Countdown Is On!

    Kent Coast Charity Boxing’s second Caldecott Champions Night is just around the corner and staff member Claire Beaumont has been stepping up her training ahead of the massive fundraising event. White collar boxers are gearing up to compete against each other on 17th March and Claire’s been pulling out all the stops as she counts down to her debut contest in the ring. “It’s going really well”, ......
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  • Lady Captain Presents Sene Valley-ntine's Donation

    Lady Captain Presents Sene Valley-ntine's Donation

    A fantastic year of fundraising from Hythe’s Sene Valley Golf Club has raised more than £7000 for the Caldecott Foundation, with the charity receiving a huge donation on Valentine’s Day. It follows a campaign spearheaded by Lady Captain, Sally Milton and backed wholeheartedly by the Club Captain and Veterans. ​“I knew that taking on the role of Lady Captain was a big undertaking and I would need to dedicate ......
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  • Caldecott Chosen For Green Tokens Scheme

    Caldecott Chosen For Green Tokens Scheme

    The Caldecott Foundation is delighted to have been chosen by John Lewis (Home), Ashford to benefit from the company’s Community Matters “Green Tokens” scheme. Every three months, John Lewis and Partners’ shops nominate three community groups or charities to support.  Each store has £3000 to donate per quarter - to share amongst the nominees proportionally, according to how customers have voted. Customers can choose which charity or community group to ......
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  • Happy Christmas and huge thanks to our supporters!

    Happy Christmas and huge thanks to our supporters!

    An incredible donation of gifts and goodies from the Caldecott Foundation’s supporters has brightened Christmas for vulnerable children from across the UK. Care teams from the Caldecott Foundation work tirelessly to make Christmas a special time for the young people they look after, some of whom have not spent Christmas in residential service before. And thanks to the kindness and consideration of local businesses and individuals, an overwhelming show ......
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  • Celebrating Excellence at the Caldecott Awards

    Celebrating Excellence at the Caldecott Awards

    In the first event of its kind, the Caldecott Awards has celebrated the dedication and commitment of Caldecott Foundation staff in helping traumatised children to rebuild their lives. “Our staff teams work tirelessly to ensure our young people receive the best care”, said Karen Rainer, Service Development Manager, “and we wanted to acknowledge and thank them for their continued service.” The award categories included Long Service; Outstanding Contribution; Registered Managers’ ......
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  • Christmas Countdown Kindness

    Christmas Countdown Kindness

    The Caldecott Foundation has received a huge show of support to its vulnerable young people in the run-up to Christmas. Beginning with Advent, children from the Foundation’s residential houses have been gifted chocolate calendars following an appeal by “The Little Teapot” in Ashford. Well-wishers brought advent calendars to the coffee shop, which proprietors Jacqui and Russell Green then distributed to the Caldecott Foundation and other organisations that care for ......
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