The term children's home was defined legally about 2000 to mean.
An establishment is a children's home (subject to the following provisions of this section) if it provides care and accommodation wholly or mainly for children.
- An establishment is not a children's home merely because a child is cared for and accommodated there by a parent or relative of his or by a foster parent.
- An establishment is not a children's home if it is-
- a health service hospital;
- an independent hospital or an independent clinic; or
- a residential family centre,
or if it is of a description excepted by regulations.
- Subject to subsection (6), an establishment is not a children's home if it is a school.
- A school is a children's home at any time if at that time accommodation is provided for children at the school and either-
- in each year that fell within the period of two years ending at that time, accommodation was provided for children, either at the school or under arrangements made by the proprietor of the school, for more than 295 days; or
- it is intended to provide accommodation for children, either at the school or under arrangements made by the proprietor of the school, for more than 295 days in any year;
and in this subsection "year" means a period of twelve months. Crown ©