Homes matrix

Welcome! The Children's Homes website aims to provide information on all the many and varied institutions that became home for thousands of children and young people in Britain. They range from orphanages, homes for those in poverty, or with special needs, through to reformatories, industrial and approved schools, training ships, and hostels. As well as details of each home's location, history etc. the site includes many maps, census listings, and hundreds of historic images of the buildings and their inmates.

To find a particular institution, organization or locality, use the menu bar at the left, or the Search box near the top of the screen.


Child Care History Network — Summer Conference, July 3, 2015. Children's Homes Past, Present and Future: Learning from the Past to Make Things Better for the Future. Info and Programme.
One woman's memories of life in Dublin's High Park Reformatory.
Hundreds of former Magdalen Homes and council-run children's homes now added to the listings!
What were the shocking events at the Waifs and Strays Society's Standon Approved School in 1947, which led to its sudden closure? Read all about it!