Would you like to bring hope into the lives of children and young people who have experienced suffering and neglect?

Set out on a fulfilling career as an integrated therapeutic foster carer.


our story so far

Childhood First was founded almost a century ago to look after teenage boys who were in trouble with the law. At that time, such children were seen as either ‘mad or bad’. However, Childhood First came to understand that the young people invariably brought with them histories of family dysfunction, with neglect, abuse and other trauma, which needed a deeper psychotherapeutic approach if they were to be healed and rehabilitated.

Since those early days, we have become pioneering leaders in mental health care for traumatised children and young people. Healing the hurt minds and repairing the shattered lives of children who have experienced trauma or neglect requires special personal qualities combined with our unique approach. At the heart of this is our conviction that: “The damage caused by relationships can most effectively be healed by relationships.”


“The damage caused by relationships can most effectively be healed by relationships.”


For this reason, our model of Integrated Therapeutic Fostering embraces the power of healing through dependable, healthy relationships with the adults involved in their care and through experiencing a warm and loving family environment. 

Through this, we enable children who need therapeutic support, and are able to cope within a family setting, to experience a consistent family life whilst healing the trauma of their past, supporting their recovery and rebuilding their trust so they can relate well to others.



Who we’re looking for

To join our fostering community, we are looking for individuals or families who are warm, compassionate and committed. If you have a great sense of humour, along with patience, an ability to be reflective and an interest in personal and professional development, we’d like to hear from you.

You will be provided with professional and academic training through the Institute of Integrated Systemic Therapy, accredited by the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy. Foster Carers will undertake our own one year Integrated Systemic Therapy Foundation Course, which has been mapped with the industry-standard Training, Skills and Development Course (TSD).

Once completed, Foster Carers may also have the opportunity to undertake the Institute’s Certificate in Integrated Systemic Therapy which will be delivered by training seminars and supported by reflective practice groups. Continual Professional Development (CPD) will be delivered by the organisation, covering a range of relevant areas. 

With our ongoing support of the highest standard and quality, we also offer you a highly competitive financial reward and benefit package in recognition of your significance to the delivery of our service.


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