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 When taken into care he was confused, withdrawn and put barriers up to stop harm.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

  • 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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  • KCCB: Back in the ring for Caldecott!

    KCCB: Back in the ring for Caldecott!

    White collar boxers are once more stepping into the ring to support the Caldecott Foundation, through Kent Coast Charity Boxing’s “Charity Champions” initiative. Following the success of KCCB’s first event in September – which raised several thousand pounds for the Foundation - a second tournament has now been planned for March 2019. Wayne Morley of Dover’s Fightin’ Fit Academy is behind the programme, which trains participants from all backgrounds ......
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  • Making Magic with the Swiss Re Foundation

    Making Magic with the Swiss Re Foundation

    Children from the Caldecott Foundation now have even more positive futures to look forward to, thanks to a very generous donation from the Swiss Re Foundation.  The donation will fund a number of inspirational and life-enriching experiences for vulnerable young people from across Kent and Nottinghamshire to enjoy. Already planned are a Christmas trip to London to watch a West End musical and an outdoors adventure-themed holiday in summer 2019, as ......
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  • Weekly Boarding Provision at the Caldecott School

    Weekly Boarding Provision at the Caldecott School

    The Caldecott School now includes residential boarding in its offer to pupils. Garden House has accommodation for up to ten young people and is located in a separate building on the main site.  Pupils aged from 11-16 on admission can board for up to 38 weeks of the year, from Monday to Friday. A newly furnished room is available to each individual and pupils are encouraged to personalise their bedrooms. James ......
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  • Charity Champions Night: A Knockout Success!

    Charity Champions Night: A Knockout Success!

    Kent Coast Charity Boxing’s white collar “Charity Champions” event has raised almost five thousand pounds for the Caldecott Foundation. Participants from all walks of life, with little or no boxing experience, had been given the chance to train for free in exchange for sponsorship for the charity. After ten weeks’ hard training over the summer, contenders took to the ring on Sunday to compete against each other in a ......
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  • Positive Networking at Community Care Live

    Positive Networking at Community Care Live

    Attending Community Care Live has once again proved to be a positive experience for the Caldecott Foundation. The two day event took place in London earlier this week. Registered social workers, local authority commissioners and workforce leads attended free seminars that discussed key issues in children and families’ social work, as well as adult social care and social work management. The comprehensive programme included sessions on managing adoption breakdown; effectively ......
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  • Fabulous Fundraising from Sally!

    Fabulous Fundraising from Sally!

    Sally Milton, Lady Captain at Sene Valley Golf Club is continuing a fantastic year of fundraising for the Caldecott Foundation. At the beginning of the summer Sally’s 28-mile walk along the Royal Military Canal raised almost £1500. Since then Sally has been busy with a host of fundraising projects including three raffles that totalled £1600 in cash for Caldecott. An art auction and various other donations have raised a further £800 for ......
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  • 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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