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Our vision, mission and values

St Christopher’s vision is for every child and young person to be safe, happy, achieve their potential and have a bright future.

Our mission is to create brighter futures for children and young people. We do this by providing fostering, residential and support services where children and young people can feel safe and cared for. We support them to build positive relationships which give them the confidence to succeed.



We care about children, young people and our staff, and are building positive relationships.

We know that positive and trusting relationships transform troubled lives, and our staff and carers are increasingly working in ways which promote positive relationships with children, young people, and their families and friends. We are always looking to improve how we work together within St Christopher’s and how we work in partnership with our commissioners and supporters.


We are respectful of every individual, and value the strengths in everyone.

Our approach is founded on a commitment to individual human rights. We are building teams where everyone is valued for what they bring, and which support children and young people to be who they want to be.


We are professional and committed to reflection and continuous learning.

We aim for high standards, and we know that by reflecting together, we can learn and improve.


We are flexible, and adapting so that we can be fit for the future.

We do everything we can to respond to the individual and changing needs of the children and young people we look after, and to respond to what each of our commissioners want us to deliver. We are building our capacity to adapt to what the future brings.


We are honest about what we can do, and optimistic about the future.

We don’t say things we can’t deliver, and we want to be able to achieve more.


We are creative, and passionate about positive change.

The best insights into how to create change come when we listen to children and young people, in ways they want to talk to us. So we do things together and have fun together so that we can create energy and enthusiasm for change.