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Doubling the number of children and young people we work with by 2023

Vision and strategy

Our strategy outlines how we will support children and young people between 2018 – 2023.

We thought it was important that the strategy properly reflects St Christopher’s by being participative, aligned with our ways of working, and with young people at the very centre. Children, young people and staff from across the organisation have had their say on the strategy so that it is built upon ideas that will benefit the people we work with, now and in the future.

Our aims

1. Create more excellent homes, fostering and support for children & young people

Children and young people have told us that it’s the relationships with carers in our fostering and residential services that make their houses feel like homes. Over the next five years we want to offer more excellent homes to even more children in care and care leavers. We will do this by focusing on growing our residential, fostering & support to provide services to double the number of children & young people by 2023.

2. Improve emotional wellbeing

We will develop clinical therapeutic input across all of our services, so young people, carers and staff receive the expert advice and support they need, when they need it. Building on our existing strengths in attachment theory and social pedagogy, we will partner with mental health organisations to develop holistic, empowering, relationship-centred ways to improve emotional wellbeing.

3. Promote lifelong learning and thriving

Our staff succeed with some of the most excluded young people through relationship-centred, creative approaches to learning that equip them for life in the world. We will increase capacity in the education & life skills teams to support more young people to achieve. We will expand the number of young people to whom we offer work experience to 5% of our workforce by 2023.

We will collaborate with young people to help make each step of their journey to independence easier, maintaining important relationships with people that matter most, whether friends, family, carers, or St Christopher’s staff.

We will continue to invest in training and supporting our staff to enhance learning and develop skills to promote growth and career progression.

For more information on how we plan to achieve these aims using our six pathways, download our strategy below.


Download our Vision and Strategy 2018-2023