Our Ethos and Philosophy of Care

Child First provides 24 hour residential care across 52 weeks of the year to young people who have had difficulties with family relationships and dynamics, and have experienced significant trauma in their life which they have not yet been able to process.  

We have three homes based in the seaside towns of Lancing and Worthing, West Sussex. 

We provide full time care for a group of mixed gender young people between the ages of 8 to 18 years who may have experienced a chaotic early family life; which may have included abuse, emotional neglect and exploitation.  They may not have yet developed sufficient skills and resilience to overcome these life adversities developing the life skills they will need to help them to build a strong foundation for a better future.

Our model of care is attachment and trauma informed, which is supported through input by a psychotherapist who provides consultation services to Child First. Furthermore, we use cognitive behavioural strategies to help and support the young people address and manage their anger and anxieties. 

We educate the young people to develop constructive skills to support them in making informed decisions about their lives through providing space to reflect on their choices and actions that contribute and maintain the difficulties they encounter in everyday life providing them with insight and empowerment, leading to change.  

We are able to support young people with a range of associated behaviours which may include running away, substance misuse, criminal activity and anti-social behaviour, sexualised behaviour, self-harm, aggression towards others and environment. 

We ensure that the young people’s feelings, wishes and views are central to their care and will advocate and support them to have a voice and feel heard. 

We are committed and ambitious in working towards the best outcomes for the young people in our care believing that through working in partnership with the wider professional network and agencies we can continually assess the young person and support a plan for progression.