Number of children and young people IiC have impacted 20,000

Gold Member Profiles

Take a look at our Gold Members who have successfully achieved the Investing in Children Membership Award™ for over 10 years. That is an amazing achievement and inspiring to see so many organisations who continually listen to children and young people to make changes based on what they have said.

Ashfield Nursery School

In our Nursery we aim to create a safe, exciting, well planned, stimulating environment where every child and family will learn to his/her full potential and have the confidence to succeed regardless
of background or circumstances. Ashfield Nursery has a dynamic , positive image with a clear identity, which stands for excellence. We are the firm foundations building future for the individual and the community.

Barnardo's Orchard Mosaic

Orchard Mosaic Therapeutic Service aims to reduce the impact of abusive or traumatic experiences on CYP and families. Service delivery includes therapuetic work (individual and group), assessments, consultation and training. Therapists use evidence based approaches and modalities to deliver 1-1, group and systemic work.

Barnardo's Action with Young Carers

Supporting children and young people ) in Liverpool who are looking after a family member who is ill, disabled, has mental health problems, or is misusing drugs or alcohol.

Supporting Young Adult Carers up to age 25, who continue to have a caring responsibility for an Adult.

BWD Youth Justice Service

The Youth Justice Service (YJS) is a statutory multi-agency team who work with young people aged 10 to 17 years who have been referred via the Police or Courts. They also work in a preventative way with young people at risk of offending, causing anti-social behavior, or harmful sexual behavior.

Burnopfield Primary School

Burnopfield School is situated in a village at the edge of County Durham. The school caters for 405 children including a 52 place Nursery. The school’s ethos is: "We inspire, challenge and care" and are passionate about seeing the whole child and supporting them to find their strengths and talents, whatever they may be. We believe that learning should be fun and are fortunate to have a staff with the same mindset. Our staff inspire, challenge, care. At Burnopfield we all work very hard to provide a stimulating learning environment for our children. Our enthusiastic and passionate staff team have high expectations and have created a rich and inviting environment for learning.

CAMHS South Durham & LD

This service provides specialist mental health services (including an ADHD service) for children and adolescents, and support, information and advice for parents and carers, living in the south Durham area.

The Acley Centre

Carers Way

Off Burn Way, Newton Aycliffe,

County Durham, DL5 4PE

Tel number: 01325 529520

The main functions of the team are:

  • Assessment and treatment of children and young people aged 0 – 18 with mental health problems
  • To work closely with both statutory and voluntary agencies to provide advice, support and information for parents and carers
  • To promote positive mental health in children and young people and reduce stigma
  • Teaching and training of medical, nursing and psychology students and trainees in psychiatry.

Child Dynamix

Child Dynamix is a children and families’ charity providing local and city wide services in Hull. We are proud of the difference we have made since becoming a registered charity in 2005. Our day nurseries, holiday club and crèche provision can help with child care, whilst our family support team and parent mentors can offer help and information with a range of family issues. We have a dedicated team of youth, play and sport workers offering sessions and one to one support for young people.

Our vision of Communities where children and young people thrive drives our decisions each and every day.

DCC 9 Cedar Drive Children's Home

This children’s home is situated in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham on the grounds of Aycliffe Young people’s centre. The home itself is surrounded by woodland and grassy areas which makes it really quiet and an excellent resource for the young people to take advantage of.

DCC Aycliffe Secure Centre

Aycliffe Secure Centre is a secure children's home providing high quality, specialist secure accommodation for young people between the ages of 10 and 18.

Our centre houses some of the most vulnerable young people, many of whom have complex problems and need intensive support to help them turn their lives around.

DCC Coxhoe Children's Home

Coxhoe Children’s Home sits on the outskirts of the village but is within walking distance of local shops and other facilities. The home supports up to three young people aged between 12 and 18 and the home has a garden, the living space is modern, all young people have their own bedrooms and the home is being modernised because of the input of the young people.

DCC Durham Schools' Counselling Service

Every school and setting has a number of pupils who give cause for concern who are experiencing a period of poor mental health where in school support would be helpful. We offer specialist counselling and therapeutic support for these children and young people in school.

Our work with you will be tailored to meet your needs as a school community recognising that each child/young person, their family and educational context is different and that one size does not fit all.

DCC Educational Health Needs Team

We provide education for children and young people of statutory school age (5-16 years) who are temporarily unable to attend school due to ill health.

Our aim is to provide high quality education and prevent pupils from slipping behind in their work due to a health condition.

We teach individual pupils with health needs who are currently unable to attend school. We offer teaching sessions at a location near home or, if absolutely necessary, in the home. We provide information, advice and consultancy to children/young people, schools, parents/carers and other agencies.

By working closely with staff in schools we ensure children/young people follow the right programmes of study. Individual education plans are drawn up and we liaise with medical professionals. As soon as possible we support integration back to school to prevent any further disruption to pupils' education.

The desired outcomes for the children/young people who we work with are to raise aspiration and achievement, for pupils to actively engage in education, employment or training and for the package of support to result in improved emotional well-being and to progress in school work.

DCC Fostering Team

Can you help make a real difference to a young person's life at a time when they need it most? Make a difference... become a foster carer.

In County Durham, we need foster carers who can provide children and young people with the love, security and stability that family life can offer.

DCC Framwellgate Children's Home

Framwellgate Moor Children’s Home can accommodate up to five young people. The home is based in Pity Me – Framwellgate. It is equipped to support the young residents to gain skills that enables them towards independent living. This provision supports looked after children aged between 12-18.

DCC High Etherly Children's Home

High Etherley Residential Home supports young people who are being looked after by Durham County Council. The age ranges of young people living in the home range between 12 and 18 years of age.

DCC Independent Reviewing Officer and Quality Review Team

Independent Reviewing Officers (IROs) are the people who chair reviews for children and young people.

What is an Independent Review Officer

An IRO is responsible for chairing a wide variety of meetings as an 'independent' person(s). IROs are seen as independent because we have a different line of management than children's care staff and other operational children's services staff. We help to monitor the quality of the service to children and their families...

DCC New Lea Children's Home

New Lea House is a beautiful purpose built home with large grounds and a fully functioning allotment. New Lea House provides a homely nurturing environment which prides itself on giving young people the best opportunities and the ability to feel safe, valued and able to thrive. All staff are highly trained and qualified in various child centered approaches including PACE model on attachment and trauma which is at the forefront of our interactions. Long term New Lea House provides young people with in house opportunities to develop when looking to move into their own home or the next part of their journey.

DCC Park House Children's Home

Park House is a residential home for the respite care of children and young people with wide ranging disabilities and special educational needs. The home is based in Sherburn village near Durham city. The staff provide care for

up to six young people with an additional emergency place if necessary. Based on two floors this welcoming home is very spacious with a fantastic garden which lends itself to safe outdoor activities.

The whole home has substantial space for wheelchairs for the young people to be mobile.

DCC West Rainton Children's Home

West Rainton Children’s Home currently provides care and support for three children/young people using ‘Kim Goldings - House of Parenting Model’ which is fully supported by Durham County Council Full Circle Team. It offers specific support for children and young people who have experienced trauma.

The model enables the supported transition for children and young people living at the home to move on to positive living placements. These placements are designed to meet their specific individual care needs, whether they are looking for long term fostering or relevant placements for future developments.

DCC Young People's Service

The Young People’s Service within Durham County Council continues to assess and meet the needs of young people aged 15, who are in care or just left care, and keep in touch with care leavers until they are at least 21. Support can continue to be offered until a young person reaches the age of 25, depending on circumstances and educational requirements. The service is made up of a wide range of supporting adults, whose roles differ from social workers to Young Person Advisors (YPA).

Hessle Road Network

Hessle Road Network is a community-led organisation that was formed to enable local residents to actively participate in regeneration issues in their area - particularly those addressing the needs of young people.
The project is based in an urban location less than two miles from Hull city centre. Hessle Road Network serves the St Andrews and Docklands ward of Hull which is characterised by severe levels of urban deprivation.
Hessle Road Network is a genuinely community run, community focussed set-up involved in the direct delivery of service to its customers (the local community) on a daily basis.

Phoenix Detached Youth Project

Working with Young People to develop their ideas and supporting their life choices and education.

The Phoenix Detached Youth Project started in February 2004. Due to the hard work of the staff and commitment of several funders the youth work provision has continued in the Meadow Well area for many years. Working with hundreds of young people every year the project makes a real difference to the lives of people of all ages throughout the local community.


ROC Solid is a housing provider which has its roots firmly based in safeguarding and good social work practice.

Co-founders Dot and Derek Butler owned a fostering agency for more than a decade and decided, early on, to try to improve outcomes for care leavers through good quality supported housing.

The charity, which has Investing in Children accreditation, has since expanded its remit to meet local need.

It operates more than 45 units of accommodation, including two centres which are staffed 24/7, and houses in Newton Aycliffe, Stockton and Billingham.

The model allows some people, who initially need greater support, to move towards independence in ROC Solid houses while still benefitting from ongoing support.

We have a service level agreement with Durham County Council which entails monitoring visits by commissioners.

Many supported housing providers have a no second chance rule. We do not. For example, one care leaver who had aggressive behaviours and alcohol/drugs issues, was evicted four times over several years but we took her back for the fifth time. She is now part of the management team of a recreation centre and lives independently from the charity.

The Oaks Secondary School

The Oaks Secondary School opened in 2005 in a newly designed building. We are a large, local authority school, for young people with special educational needs. Our pupils attend from across South West Durham, with a significant number from further afield. We have achieved an ‘Outstanding’ grade from our last three Ofsted inspections.

Tow Law Millennium Primary School

Tow Law Millennium Primary School is a nurturing and happy community; where children are supported to achieve their dreams.


We have six values that have been selected by our whole school community that underpin Tow Law Millennium Primary Schools’ Vision.

Self-belief Wellbeing Respect
Kindness Nurturing Community

We promote high achievement and a love of learning so each and every child can build a successful future and we feel this is articulated through our Vision and Values. Our overarching aim is to develop the ‘whole child’ as an individual, who will leave our school with the skills and qualities needed to become a responsible global citizen in an ever changing world.

Throckley Primary School

Welcome to Throckley Primary School! I am pleased to announce that our excellent results mean that we have been named as the 'Top Primary School in Newcastle' by the 2020 edition of the Newcastle Chronicle 'Real Schools Guide'. We are also listed 44th nationally in the 2019 'Sunday Times Parent Power School Guide' of the highest-achieving schools in the country. In February 2019, we received a special letter of congratulations from Rt Hon Damian Hinds MP, Secretary of State for Education and Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP, Minister for State School Standards, because our results show that our school is amongst the top 3% of schools in England in terms of the progress made between Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.

Woodhouse Community Primary School

Welcome to our website. Woodhouse Community Primary School is situated in the historic town of Bishop Auckland in County Durham.

We cater for pupils aged 2 to 11 years and have approximately 200 children attending our school. Our aim is to provide children with a nurturing and supportive environment that allows all learners to thrive and to become responsible and independent members of their local community. We strive for all of our pupils to become life-long learners, to be aspirational in their achievements and to be the very best version of themselves that they can be. We promote the virtues of respect, kindness, confidence, resilience, determination , communication and ambition through everything we do in school.

UTASS - Upper Teesdale Agricultural Support Services

UTASS (Upper Teesdale Agriculture Support Services) works with and for the people of upper Teesdale and beyond, across the rural communities of County Durham to help prevent problems from getting to the desperate stage and assist in maintaining a safer, happier self-sustaining community. UTASS which is based in Middleton-in-Teesdale offers a range of Youth Provision to young people from the local area.

or details how you can help and support UTASS please email the youth team on or, call 01833-641010

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