Ethelbert Childrens Services...

Where Every Child Has Mattered For More Than 35 Years
Specialist Residential, Fostering & Educational Services
For London & the South East

In The 'About Us' Section
Established Services
Chosen provider by more than 70 local authorities

A senior management team with a combined experience of 190 years in children's services

Supporting the principles of good parenting and family values

Investor in People



City and Guilds






ISO 9002

A Family Concern Maintaining Family Values

Meeting the needs of children since 1972

Ethelbert Children's Services - Established Children's Homes and Fostering Agencies Covering Kent, London and the South EastEthelbert Childrens Services is a family owned business that provides an extensive range of residential and fostering services, supported by specialist education provisions in our own registered schools and vocational centres.

Key to our success is our ability to provide adaptable, bespoke care and education packages specifically designed to meet and achieve a wide range of needs and outcomes.


The care requirements of looked after children are often prone to change; a typical example would be the need for a young person to progress from one of our fourteen children's homes to a more suitable placement within an ECS fostering setting. Our ability to facilitate the transition, whilst maintaining healthy attachments, therapeutic programmes and education placements, ensures the disruption and associated trauma can be closely managed and kept to an absolute minimum.

It is the versatile approach outlined above, together with our commitment to balancing exemplary care standards with exceptional value for money, that has led to more than 70 local authorities choosing our services for over 1400 children and young people since our conception in 1972.

Our Philosophy

The philosophy of ECS is to provide stimulating and nurturing environments through the building of positive relationships and mutual respect, in line with the principles of good parenting and family values.

Our skilled and committed staff teams have consistently delivered placement stability, high quality health and social care and excellent educational results, which combine to ensure our ongoing success in achieving positive outcomes for the children we look after.

Experienced Management

The day-to-day operation of our services is overseen by a senior management team that has a combined child care experience in excess of 190 years. All managers hold qualifications and credentials in line with Ethelbert Childrens Servicestheir specific roles and responsibilities, and skills and knowledge are regularly updated in line with our policy on continued professional development.

ECS is, and always has been, a self funding organisation that is not reliant upon third party financial institutions or venture capitalists. As a consequence, we are never forced to compromise our care levels or inflate our fees in order to satisfy the financial expectations of speculators or investors.