Join our family

The NFA Group is the largest independent provider of high quality foster care, special needs education and residential care. Over 5,500 children and young people across the UK are supported by our services every day.

Our vision is to build incredible futures by empowering vulnerable young people in the UK to be as happy as they can be and have access to ample educational and personal development opportunities that will set them up for everything that they may want out of life.

Together, we inspire trust, happiness and an infectious passion to accomplish this vision. To this end, we look for dedicated and committed individuals who are highly focused on creating positive outcomes for the children and young people in our care.

We know that the nature of our work can be challenging at times, as well as hugely rewarding, so we equip our teams with the skills and knowledge to manage all manner of situations and how best to manage their experiences. Through ongoing support, training and development, we ensure our staff are well prepared for their jobs and are given every opportunity to extend their abilities.

We offer great opportunities for those who wish to develop a career within the NFA Group and want to help children build incredible futures. You can find out more about our exciting and varied career paths and the skills required for each position with our interactive Career Pathway service.

You can also discover all of our current Fostering and Education vacancies via the links below:

Fostering and Support Services vacancies

Education and Residential Care vacancies

We are committed to safeguarding the welfare of the children in our care. Read about our pre-employment checks so you can understand what to expect if you are offered a job with us.

Working for our Fostering services

Across the UK, we have 27 offices and counting! They provide the very best support and training services for our Foster Carers to make sure they have everything they need in order to provide appropriate care for our children and young people across the country.

We pride ourselves on creating a workplace where every member of our staff feels valued and respected, as well as being adequately challenged to develop and succeed in their role.

Each of our offices’ endeavours to promote a friendly, professional and understanding support team made up of social workers, psychologists and strong carer support networks. Our fostering services are dedicated to improving the lives of vulnerable children and young people, so it stands to reason that we need the best people to recruit, train and support our amazing Foster Carers, as well as providing essential business support.

Typical roles we recruit for are: Office Administrators, Support Workers, Supervising Social Workers, Team Managers, and Fostering Registered Managers.

Browse and apply for one of our current Fostering vacancies

Working for our Acorn Care and Education services

Heath FarmAcorn Care and Education provide specialist education and care across 20 schools (and growing) nationally.

We have both Residential and Day schools which provide a safe and nurturing environment in which to allow a range of children and young people with complex needs to get the most out of their ability to learn and personally develop. We look for friendly, compassionate and resilient people who have the desire to learn and work in a supportive environment for those with special educational needs.

Each of our schools supports the learning and development of our children with specialised staff and smaller class sizes than would be seen in mainstream education. All schools are very well resourced with their own unique cultures, with every school offering integrated and wrap-around-care to our pupils; ensuring they have the right opportunities for positive outcomes in their lives.

The typical roles we recruit for: Teaching Assistants, Support Workers, Teachers, Assistant/Deputy Headteachers, Home Managers and Headteachers.

Browse and apply for one of our current vacancies in Acorn Care and Education

Pathway Care Residential

SnookerPathway Care have been delivering high quality, child-focused residential care placements for young people from the age of eight upwards across the UK since the turn of the century. We work in partnership with a range of authorities, agencies and organisations to ensure we meet the needs of our children and young people and help them move towards fulfilling and positive futures.

If you have a genuine desire to help and support children to achieve all that they can, we would like you to join our family environment. You must be reliable, enthusiastic and resilient, as well as compassionate, understanding and friendly towards children and adults alike.

The typical roles we recruit for are: Residential Support Workers, Senior Care Workers, Deputy Managers and Registered Home Managers.

Browse and apply for one of our current vacancies in Pathway Care Residential

Support Services

Our Support Services are based in both Bolton and Uxbridge and support our office employees and Foster Carers to ensure that they are providing the highest quality care to our children and young people.

There are many teams that make up the central services, including Human Resources, Finance, Information Technology, and Marketing.

We look for people who want to use their unique skillset, whether within the fostering, education, child services community or gained from elsewhere, to make a positive impact on the lives of children and young people. By joining a team in our central services, you’ll enjoy a challenging and rewarding role within a fascinating sector.

We recruit for a range of roles and therefore accept applications from people of all career levels and abilities.

Browse and apply for one of our current central role vacancies

NFA Group Career pathways

NFA Group career pathwaysFor existing members of staff, navigating around our interactive career pathways portal is an engaging way of finding out more about different departments and job roles available within the business. If you have a particular career path in mind, clicking on the relevant building will show you all the potential roles within that area. From here, you can move through clickable rooms and staff members to discover more about the skills and qualifications required for each role, as well as where the position rests within the grading structure. This tool is particularly useful if you want to know more about how you can progress within your team, or even find out what it would take to move into a related or even entirely different department altogether.