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Who are we

We provide quality residential care for children and young people in the North West

We are proud to say that our homes go above and beyond just providing home, food, and necessities for the young people in our care. Our dedicated staff are highly trained, experienced, and passionate about their work, and are committed to meeting the social, emotional, and moral needs of every individual in our care.

We provide a nurturing environment that feels like a true “home for children, not a childrens home” where young people can feel safe and supported as they navigate the challenges of adolescence.

Our staff work tirelessly to empower the young people in our care, helping them to see their own potential and guiding them towards positive change. We are here to help them achieve the best possible outcomes, and believe that everyone has the potential to thrive when given the right support and resources.

Alex Wood

Head of Childrens Care/RI

Cherish Childrens homes

These professionals are passionate and dedicated to ensuring that children get the best possible start, yet they are often overlooked. Please take the time to listen to these unsung heroes. 


Frequently asked questions

Cherish is a family-owned, values-led organisation that has been working therapeutically with children and young people for over 5 years. At the foundation of our work lie shared values, purpose, pride, and loyalty that keep us together in hard times. Our work involves providing therapeutically-informed care, delivered by all staff.

As a provider of childcare services, we take pride in providing nurturing, supportive, and safe homes where children of all ages and backgrounds can thrive. Our team comprises experienced and dedicated caregivers, committed to providing personalized attention and care that meet the unique needs of each child in our program. Our facilities are designed to offer a warm and welcoming environment that promotes growth, learning, and development. We provide a variety of educational and recreational activities to keep children engaged and stimulated.

We understand that every child is special and deserving of the best possible care. Therefore, we work tirelessly to create an inclusive and supportive atmosphere that helps children build confidence, self-esteem, and a lifelong appreciation for learning. At our homes, we embrace diversity, encourage creativity, and foster a sense of belonging that helps children feel valued and celebrated.

It means we believe that children recovering from trauma need more than direct work once a week with a therapist. By having all of our staff working therapeutically with young people, we can provide 24/7 therapeutically-informed care. To achieve this, our therapy team trains our staff to work within the Secure Base framework.

Therapists work alongside us to promote the benefits of therapeutic practice and ensure staff are confident using these approaches.

The Social Care Institute of Excellence believes that “clearly defined therapeutic approaches enable staff to have a better understanding of how young peoples’ experiences affect them, considering their emotional needs and fostering resilience.” At Family Care, we work to this principle. It is for this reason that all of our services are supported by qualified therapists, providing regular consultations to staff.”

The “Secure Base” model provides a positive framework for therapeutic caregiving, which helps infants, children, and young people to become more secure and build resilience. The model focuses on the interactions that occur between caregivers and children on a day-to-day and minute-by-minute basis within the caregiving environment.

For the purposes of the Secure Base Model, we have grouped these caregiver/child interactions into five dimensions of caregiving. The first four dimensions are drawn from attachment theory. We have added to the model an additional dimension, family membership, that is relevant for all children but can be particularly challenging for children who are separated from their families of origin.

Each of the five caregiving dimensions can be associated with a particular developmental benefit for the child, as shown in the table below, and positive caregiving guidance for each dimension is outlined in this guide to positive caregiving approaches:

Availability – Helping the child to trust
Sensitivity – Helping the child to manage feelings and behaviour
Acceptance – Building the child’s self-esteem
Co-operation – Helping the child to feel effective
Family membership – Helping the child to belong

What is our Therapeutic Model

What we provide

We provide a comprehensive therapeutic approach that includes care, clinical, and educational services tailored to meet the unique needs of each child.

Secure Base model

The Secure Base model is an excellent way to take care of children. It helps them learn valuable skills and feel safe and confident. The most crucial thing is for caregivers to interact positively with children every day, making sure they feel loved and trusted so they can build strong relationships. The Secure Base model shows how important it is to create a caring environment where children can thrive. It teaches caregivers how to be adaptable and caring, making it ideal for parents, teachers, and anyone who wants to help children grow up healthy and happy. The model also considers how these relationships can help children develop competence in the outside world of school, the peer group, and the community. Secure Base is based on key theories and research in child development, attachment, relationships, and resilience. Its goal is to support caregivers in providing sensitive care that develops secure, trusting relationships.

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Meet our Management

Alex Wood

Head of Children's Care and RI

Henry Clark

Home Manager

Angelina Hawkins

Registered Manager

Mark Lane

Registered Manager

Daren Greenhall

Registered Manager

Peter Haggan

Registered Manager

News & Updates

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Updates on your recent activities and achievements

There have been quite a few things that have been happening within our Children’s Homes lately that we think you should be aware of. We are excited to report that we have successfully welcomed several new children into our homes and they are already making great strides in adjusting to their new environment. Additionally, our staff members have been working hard to implement a variety of new programs and activities designed to enhance the experience of living in our Children’s Homes. These include educational workshops, creative arts sessions, and recreational activities that are both fun and engaging for all of the children in our care. Overall, we are committed to ensuring that our Children’s Homes continue to provide a safe and supportive environment where children can thrive and grow, and we look forward to sharing more updates and good news with you in the future.

Halloween Party

We had a really fun Halloween party at our cozy house. We decorated everything to look spooky and everyone dressed up in cool costumes like TV characters and superheroes.

We made really yummy burgers and cakes that everyone loved. We also played fun games like apple bobbing and pumpkin carving. Everyone had a great time and it was a party we’ll never forget!

Opening in a new home

With great pleasure and excitement, we would like to share that we have had the honour of welcoming some new children into our lovely and newly registered home.

We have been working diligently to ensure their smooth transition and that they receive the love and support they need to settle in comfortably. We have prepared everything necessary to ensure they feel welcomed and at home, and it has been an absolute pleasure to watch them gradually get accustomed to their new surroundings.

We are truly grateful for the opportunity to provide a warm and nurturing home for these wonderful children and cannot wait to see all that the future holds for us.

New Ofsted rating

Congratulations on achieving a positive rating! You have worked so hard and it’s amazing to see your dedication pay off. You should definitely feel proud of your accomplishment and share it with as many people as possible. The score is a reflection of the high-quality education and care that you provide to the children.

We are thrilled to showcase your rating to everyone in the community, so they can see how excellent you are. Keep up the great work, and let’s continue to strive for excellence in everything we do!