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 When taken into care he was confused, withdrawn and put barriers up to stop harm.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

  • Caldecott's Summer Adventure

    Caldecott's Summer Adventure

    Young people from the Caldecott Foundation’s houses in Kent and Nottinghamshire are gearing up for an action-packed adventure in the great outdoors. Thanks to Caldecott's supporters, vulnerable children will enjoy an exciting and fulfilling Summer Camp during their break from school. Kayaking; archery; climbing; trampolining; zipwire and team-building challenges await the Foundation's young people at a specialist multi-purpose activity centre in the English countryside. They will sleep in tents, ......
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  • Kick-starting Caldecott's Summer Holidays!

    Kick-starting Caldecott's Summer Holidays!

    Summer holidays have got off to a kicking start at the Caldecott Foundation, thanks to The Gym Group, Ashford. Young people from the Foundation’s houses and the Caldecott School will enjoy brand new footballs following the gym’s “Bring Your Balls” appeal. Gym members were asked to bring in a ball in exchange for a guest pass, for the duration of the World Cup tournament. Assistant Gym Manager, Toni, ......
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  • School's out for summer at Caldecott!

    School's out for summer at Caldecott!

    It’s been a busy year at the Caldecott School and the last week of term has been no exception! Sports Day saw pupils - and staff - tackle a variety of inflatable challenges including a bungee run, an obstacle course and Zorb racing. “Last Man Standing” involved leaping over a revolving pole at exactly the right time to avoid being knocked over. “We’ve tried to be as inclusive ......
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  • Race To The Stones: the countdown begins!

    Race To The Stones: the countdown begins!

    Three of our fabulous fundraisers in the East Midlands are gearing up for a MAMMOTH challenge this weekend… running a hundred kilometres in just ONE DAY, in aid of the Caldecott Foundation's new Therapy Room! Steve, Adam and Rich are taking part in this year’s “Race To The Stones” - an ultra marathon voted Best Endurance Event in the UK. The route follows the 5000-year-old Ridgeway from the Chiltern ......
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  • Charity Champions Box Clever for Caldecott!

    Charity Champions Box Clever for Caldecott!

    If you’ve watched boxers in the ring and dreamed of putting on the gloves yourself, now’s your chance…  You can train for free and raise cash for the Caldecott Foundation at the same time! Kent Coast Charity Boxing (KCCB) is staging a “Charity Champions” night at the Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone on September 30th. Wayne Morley of Dover’s Fightin’ Fit Academy explains: “We started KCCB a couple ......
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  • The Caldecott Foundation at the NCCTC

    The Caldecott Foundation at the NCCTC

    The Caldecott Foundation is proud to have exhibited at this year’s National Children’s Commissioning and Contracting Training Conference. Across the two-day event, keynote speakers shared their perspective on “How to commission children’s services that work”, through a series of workshops and presentations. Attending for the Caldecott Foundation, Damion and Michelle said: “We’ve really enjoyed the conference this year and have met with many commissioners and fellow ......
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  • The Gym Group: On the ball for Caldecott!

    The Gym Group: On the ball for Caldecott!

    Young people from the Caldecott Foundation in Kent can continue to celebrate World Cup season in style - with brand new balls, thanks to The Gym, Ashford! Members have been asked to donate a playing ball in exchange for a free day’s pass for family or friends. The Caldecott Foundation was kindly chosen by the gym as their charity for the promotion, which stretches across the duration of the ......
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  • 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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