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Covid-19 Statement

Our priority at The Caldecott Foundation is the health and safety of the young people who access our services and our incredible team of dedicated professionals who support them

Since the start of the crisis we have stopped all but essential visits to our services with many meetings taking place on video conferencing. Within our services we have put in place a range of measures to keep everyone safe including (but not limited to) social distancing measures, one way systems, new hand hygiene facilities, additional cleaning and temperature checks. We are continually looking for new ways to improve our response and further minimise the risk.

Throughout the Covid-19 crisis we have worked tirelessly to ensure that our essential services continue to deliver outstanding outcomes. This has been managed through our Covid-19 business continuity plan (BCP) which we have shared with relevant regulatory bodies and the Local Authorities who use our services.

Our BCP has been developed in line with Government and NHS guidelines and with specific advice from Public Health England. Our senior team meets several times a week to review and update the plan based on new information and changing circumstances. At the current time we do not foresee any disruption to our residential care, education, boarding or fostering services as a result of Covid-19.

We are extremely proud of the extraordinary commitment that our staff have shown to our young people throughout the crisis. They have been selflessly dedicated, often in the face of extremely challenging personal circumstances, and we would like to take this opportunity say a huge ‘Thank You’.

Nick Barnett

Managing Director


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 Celebrates VE Day 75

    Caldecott Celebrates VE Day 75

    Children and young people from across the Caldecott Foundation have been celebrating the 75th anniversary of VE Day – when, on 8th May 1945, the Nazis’ surrender to the Allied forces marked victory in Europe and signalled the end of the Second World War. At a Caldecott Foundation residential home in Kent, young people took part in a variety of VE Day activities – colouring in posters and bunting flags, completing quiz sheets ......
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  • Caldecott's Sweet Shop Experience

    Caldecott's Sweet Shop Experience

    Thanks to a new team member's brainwave, children and young people from a Caldecott Foundation residential home haven't missed out on pocket money trips to the "sweet shop” during lockdown! Measures put in place to halt the spread of coronavirus have meant that, sadly, young people can’t go into town at the weekend to browse the local shops.  But a home-grown, in-house sweet shop initiative has offered them a ......
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  • Easter At The Caldecott Foundation

    Easter At The Caldecott Foundation

    Easter might have been a bit different this year, but Caldecott’s children and young people have continued to benefit from the kindness and generosity of the Foundation’s supporters. Thanks to the thoughtfulness of well-wishers, young people from across the Caldecott Foundation’s services have enjoyed an eggxtra chocolatey time, in keeping with lockdown guidelines. Individual supporter Andrea di Stefano, who has organised several Christmas and Easter gift collections ......
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  • 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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