Homes matrix

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. These establishments 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.

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

NEW! Over 1000 UK Magdalen Homes for 'fallen' girls and women now catalogued.

Hundreds of former council-run children's homes now added to the listings! Click Council in the 'List by Type' option on the side menu bar.

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!