Their History


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Despite the fact that it now has as its president our most famous human rights lawyer, Cherie Booth QC (aka Mrs Blair), Barnardo's policy on access to records remains unpleasant, nasty and unnecessarily restrictive in comparison to almost every other children's charity. In the first 60 years of the last century Dr. Barnardo's Homes did much wrong to many children and their families, it took children and sent them away from their families often halfway across the world. It separated siblings here at home. It often lied to the children and lied to the parents.
There are a lot of pictures of Danesford, old and new at this site May 2008 This is the new updated link to the photograph of Danesford NCH, Congleton.
If you were in care at any branch of the NCH there is a group that might be of interest. Please visit.
The historical papers of Mary Coleman who worked for the NCH are available for viewing at King's College London College Archives Guidance Adviser and psychologist, and in an informal capacity at the NCH during retirement, 1942-1985; died, 1990 worked as dietary adviser and buyer for the National Children's Home. correspondence with Kathleen and Millicent Coleman, mainly descriptions of daily life in the National Children's Home and describing psychological testing of the children.
Since 1869 NCH has cared for tens of thousands of children who spent all or part of their early lives at NCH homes in England, Wales, Canada and Australia. The NCH holds personal information on most people who lived in an NCH Home. Knowing who you are and where you come from is important to everyone. NCH has always been happy to share information with anyone who requests it, and because we are committed to openness and recognise the importance of family identity we are very happy for former residents to have access to any personal information we may hold concerning them.
I have set-up this page as a link to all the information, memories and photos of The National Children’s Home in Alverstoke that appear on the site, as a number of people have contacted me about NCH Alverstoke, so hope it will make it easier for people to find everything.
YOUTH WITH A MISSION is an international movement of Christians working to help make a difference in a needy world. Founded in 1960, it is now one of the largest interdenominational and international Christian ministries, with about 12,000 volunteer staff (and thousands more affiliated workers) based in over 800 locations in over 135 countries. It was in 1993 that YWAM purchased Highfield Oval in Harpenden from the NCH