Childhood First

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210 Borough High Street,

020 79287388

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Childhood First cares for, treats and educates children with the most severe emotional and behavioural difficulties, caused by neglect and abuse. These children cannot cope in foster homes, children’s homes or special schools. Many come to us from psychiatric or secure care. Some have never been to school.

Without our specialist help, their prospects are bleak: violence, crime, the streets, psychiatric hospital, prison, murder, suicide. And the cycle will continue with their own children.

With our help, their trauma can be healed, their potential developed and the cycle of suffering broken. Childhood First is their last chance of a normal life, their last chance to develop to their true potential.

Childhood First has 40 years pioneering success in residential care, education and treatment of children suffering severe behavioural, emotional and mental health problems. Our highly skilled staff and clinical expertise achieve outstanding outcomes, particularly in comparison to those for much less traumatised young people elsewhere in the State system.

Despite the level of damage which they have sustained in their earlier lives, the children who come to Childhood First achieve outcomes which are much better than average for children looked after by the State and, in some cases, as good as the outcomes for children in the mainstream.

Childhood First has become the most successful provider of specialist therapeutic communities for severely traumatised children and our mission continues to evolve and grow.

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