THE IMPORTANCE OFTHE ICHA
For all parts of the Care industry, representative bodies play a hugely important role. This is certainly true in Children’s Services.
The Independent Children’s Homes Association (ICHA) is the voice of independent providers of child care services and resources for children and young people. They are a Not for Profit association representing professionals who work in the independent sector.
They provide advice and guidance to members across a number of different issues and act as an important voice for the sector when communicating with local authorities and central government.
They help develop clear systems to regularly share information with Members which draws attention to key documentation and legislative changes. They also collate and analyse statistical information with a view to identifying trends and concerns in the market place that will inform members and may be of value in presenting and supporting our concerns to outside bodies.
With a rapidly increasing membership they now have over 180 member organisations, representing over 1000 homes and over 3500 beds. As members ourselves we know the importance of the work that they do and hope they continue to inform and represent the sector of the foreseeable future.