Five Rivers Child Care is one of the UK’s most experienced practitioner lead services in turning around the lives of vulnerable children and young people.
Throughout 30 plus years of providing therapeutic children's services with clinical, education provision alongside our residential homes and fostering families, we have a dedicated service to children and young people who are in need, creating an environment that nurtures and guides them to a meaningful future.
We train and support rare and special people who can meet the intensive challenges of giving a vulnerable child the experience of family life. We also address the need for specialist foster care, such as placements for parents with children, and for terminally ill children.
This is where our story began, and today we run seven homes across England. Much more than just ‘looking after’ children, our homes offer a therapeutic approach that maximises the chances of making positive and lasting improvements.
Simply, we regard education as the passport to every child’s future. For many, this begins with showing them that they actually can learn, and then progresses to the joy of learning, advancing and achieving.
Five Rivers is called on in emergency situations (such as placement breakdowns) to bring calm and stability to teenagers, and indeed children of all ages. We see crisis not so much as a logistical issue to ‘solve’, but as an opportunity to effect real change through fresh thinking.
Assessment & Therapy
This service, and its growing affiliate network, harnesses clinical psychology to support our internal residential, education, social work and fostering teams. Increasingly, this service is also becoming outward-facing, working alongside, or as an alternative to, CAMHS.
All our work with children has been built by the talents of people. We are unashamedly selective, choosing those who bring assets you can’t teach – such as curiosity, humanity, passion and empathy. We then train and develop them with expert insight and technique. Five Rivers recruits adults from every walk of life and thrives on the diversity we attract.