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Institute of Integrated Systemic Therapy (Childhood First)

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Childhood First is a charity for severely traumatised children and young people (aged 5 to 18). They provide specialist 24/7 treatment and therapeutic education for children with complex psychological, emotional, and behavioural needs. They have four residential children’s homes, a special school, and a therapeutic fostering service. 

Childhood First's work is founded on their comprehensive therapeutic approach, Integrated Systemic Therapy (iST). iST is a form of group living and learning (modelled on healthy relationships), adapted to the developmental needs of children and young people suffering severe relational trauma. iST is supported by an extensive research and a training programme provided by the charity's Institute of Integrated Systemic Therapy. Outcomes are nationally benchmarked by the Child Outcomes Research Consortium (CORC). Childhood First's care, treatment, and education staff all receive clinical training from the Institute, accredited by the UK Council for Psychotherapy and Middlesex University London.

Childhood First is a registered charity (no. 286909).

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National Organisation
Age range
Suitable for ages from 5 years to 18 years
Referral route
Professional Referral
For people with
Social, Emotional, or Mental Health (SEMH) Needs
Eligibility criteria
Age Range - School
Provider category
Specialist Services - For those who require longer-term support


210 Borough High Street
United Kingdom


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Last updated 02 April 2024