Exceptional safe and nurturing spaces

Our mission is to improve the lives of thousands of young people, their families and communities through a relentless focus on caring and learning. To achieve this we set exceptionally high-quality standards across all our homes, schools and fostering agencies.

Empowering vulnerable young people

We will build incredible futures by empowering vulnerable young people in the UK to be happy and make their way in the world. Discover some examples of our positive influence to date.

Acorn Care and Education

Acorn Care and Education

Discover how our specialist living and learning services help vulnerable children and young people throughout the UK.

Work with us

Your chance to make a difference

If you’re dedicated, committed and want to improve the lives of young people, their families and communities throughout the UK, we’d love to hear from you. Browse our vacancies here.

NFA Fostering Family

The NFA Fostering Family

Our collection of local, independent fostering agencies works with every LA in the UK to provide safe and nurturing environments for children in need.

Our success in numbers


of NFA Group schools are judged as having good or outstanding teaching and outcomes


of children in NFA Group foster care had school attendance of over 95%


of NFA Group fostering agencies were judged to be good or better by Ofsted

What people say about us

Every aspect of the school’s work is scrutinised. Governors have a good oversight and know the current strengths of the school and areas of development. As a result, they are able to provide appropriate support and challenge that drive improvement. Governors are ambitious for all pupils."

Ofsted - November 2018Wenlock School

As a parent, I would have never been able to offer my son this opportunity and I’m so proud of him for getting a place. He had problems at school from an early age, but where he is now has brought him on so much and given him the confidence to want to do more with his life.”

Parent of one of our Acorn pupilsFollowing an NFA Group expedition with the British Exploring Society

The Shires became my home. Now I’m able to live semi-independently and I’m loving it!”

Former PupilThe Shires

I can’t quite believe that I’ve been given the amazing opportunity of going firstly to Scotland at Easter and then to the Amazon in the summer. This type of trip has been a dream of mine since I got involved in Duke of Edinburgh and did the National Citizenship Service. It really is the experience of a lifetime. Thanks.”

One of our young people in foster careFollowing an NFA Group expedition with the British Exploring Society

Children feel happy, safe and secure in their homes."

Ofsted2018 - Alpha Plus Fostering

We’re happy again as a family and you can’t put a price on that happiness. All our lives have been totally transformed by The Shires and they have done more for Dominic than we could have ever imagined.”

ParentThe Shires

Alpha Plus is an amazing company to work for, the support they give is superb and you can always pick up the phone night or day and speak to a friendly voice."

EmployeeAlpha Plus Fostering

Jay are a local provider and work closely with LCC placement team to offer suitably matched, local foster provision for Leicestershire looked after children. Communication between the teams are highly effective."

Ofsted2019 - Jay Fostering

My foster carers are really nice. They help me when I'm upset and worried. They are the best foster carers in the whole wide world."

One of our young people in foster careNFA Wales

Jay are a local provider and work closely with LCC placement team to offer suitably matched, local foster provision for Leicestershire looked after children. Communication between the teams are highly effective."

Leicestershire County Council

We came to Crookhey Hall and when I walked in, it was lovely and Scott liked it. The atmosphere was lovely, very welcoming and calming from day one. He’s never looked back. I don’t think I’ve had many incidents. It’s always been a calming environment. The teaching staff are fantastic. I call them a little family. It’s a lovely school.”

ParentCrookhey Hall School

A strong and commendable emphasis is placed on meeting the educational needs of children placed. Carers act as strong advocates for children placed with them. They ensure that suitable education, training and employment options are in place. Children learn the value of education and have aspirations for their futures. Several have gone on to study at university or have plans to do so."

Ofsted2018 - Jay Fostering

At Mounthfield Heath we create a safe nurturing environment where the curriculum is creative, inspirational and relevant to the children’s presenting needs and their future aspirations.”

HeadteacherMountfield Heath School

Underley Garden has given us peace of mind...we can stop worrying about his future now because we know he has one. We’re just so happy he is at Underley and so pleased with what they are doing for him.”

ParentUnderley Garden

The reason the school is so special is because it has a really unique blend of academic and vocational facilities combined with access to therapy and pastoral support.”

PrincipalWestbourne School

The children are kept busy, and many take part in a myriad of after-school and weekend activities. This includes after-school sports, music lessons, cultural visits to museums and holidays. These opportunities enrich children’s lives, improve confidence and enhance self-esteem, while setting the scene for the children to reach their learning and social potential."

OfstedNFA East - 2017