Five Rivers provides a comprehensive range of services in order to create a complete child care service.

Our Five Fundamentals are reinforced with our ‘Five Principles’ which underpin every area within each service that we provide.

Five Rivers Fundamentals

Assessment & Therapy

Each Child is understood within a framework linked to therapeutic interventions & positive outcomes

Crisis Intervention

A crisis is a change opportunity for families, children & their placements when you use energy for good

Residential Care

Each unit specialises in a particular area of need for children underpinned by therapeutically trained staff

Foster Care

Highly trained & well supported foster carers target the emotional & developmental needs of children in specialist placements


At Five Rivers we believe every looked-after child should have access to services appropriate to their individual needs. We therefore offer these principle based Fundamental Services in 30 locations England and Ireland.

Principles of our Children’s Services

Our Five Fundamentals are reinforced with five principles which underpin every service that we provide

1. Assessment

Assessment is carried out comprehensively prior to and during early stages of placement refining and clarifying the needs of each child. This assessment is reviewed regularly and updated as there is progress and further needs become apparent.

2. Training

Training to deliver related appropriate interventions through a highly skilled, accredited and trained workforce

3. Staff Selection

Staff selected to deliver targeted interventions, therapeutic communication and emotional competence through authentic warmth within authoritative parenting style which predicts child well being across a wide spectrum of services

4. Environments

Service environments selected to support therapeutic appropriate care

5. Social Enterprise

Social Enterprise model, culture, ethos and practice, regional management, research and development, training department, placements team, privately owned.