Close partnership with local authorities

NFA Group Local Authority PartnershipsNFA Group is the leading independent children’s services provider in the UK, offering high-quality foster care, special needs education and residential services, being the provider of choice for local authorities.

We are proud to work with local authorities across the UK and for decades have matched each child and young person with the most appropriate foster parents, schools and residential placements.

Working closely with these local authorities, together we ensure each and every placement made always serves the child or young person’s best interests and helps them to achieve the best possible outcomes.

With the rise in demand for children’s services provision and the increasingly complex needs of each community, NFA Group is committed to assisting local authorities in facing these challenges.

The group’s all-encompassing proposition of ‘children are the heart of everything we do’ gives a focus on every child or young person in our care and education settings, providing them with a safe and supportive environment where they can grow, thrive and be happy.

By working in partnership to continuously understand and respond to individual Local Authority needs, we take an active role in supporting them to meet their commissioning challenges and aspirations so that we can achieve the best possible outcomes for vulnerable children and young people locally.

Fostering and LAs

At NFA Group, we have the largest population of foster parents in the UK, affording us the position to offer the widest possible options to successfully match children and young people to nurturing fostering homes, while also allowing us to keep them as close to their home communities as possible.

As an established expert in fostering, NFA Group has the ability to provide the widest range of placements to support the often unique, changing and varying degrees of need of children in care.  This expertise extends to the provision of quality fostering placement solutions for individual children, sibling groups, placements for parent and child with or without an assessment and same day, emergency or long term matched placements.

We also offer specialist placements, which are often therapeutically focused on the more challenging to place children and young people, including those with complex disabilities and significant health needs. We were the first independent fostering agency to provide The Fostering Networks Mockingbird Family Model and have a long and successful history delivering our innovative Bridge to Foster, step down from residential service in many parts of the UK for a number of years.

We improve the quality of foster care for every child we look after, monitoring and managing each child’s fostering placement and individually tailoring every care plan.  We work hard to demonstrate the real impact of the foster care we provide, keeping a detailed placement file for every child and recording the outcomes delivered by every fostering placement.

NFA Group Home EconomicsEducation and LAs

Acorn Care and Education is part of NFA Group and specialises in working with children and young people who have very complex behavioural, emotional, social, learning or physical needs and very often a combination of these.  Through our estate of independent day and residential special schools across the country, we provide unique learning environments and education for children with additional needs.

Our schools provide a structured, nurturing and safe learning environment where pupils can access a broad, balanced and engaging curriculum to meet their significant needs.   Our schools fall broadly into two categories; those that care for children who experience social, emotional and mental health challenges, and those offering specialist care and education for children on the autistic spectrum, usually combined with other learning difficulties.

We invest in the very best staff, facilities and equipment, sharing learning and best practice across our schools.  Our staff is enabled to do what they do best, which is enhancing the daily lives of the children they educate and care for.

Our aim is simple; to work with the children entrusted to us to help them achieve their potential and make their way in the world. Our expert teachers, support workers and specialists work within designated environments tailored towards ensuring students make progressive improvements.

We monitor the progress of our students very carefully, making adjustments to individual development plans as needed, empowering them to achieve their potential. Every better day is another step towards a better life. That’s what we believe in – better days equate to better lives.

Residential and LAs

Pathway Care Residential delivers high quality, child-focused residential placements for children and young people from the age of eight upwards. With services currently concentrated in the Midlands, South Yorkshire and the South West, Pathway Care Residential works with local authorities across England to provide safe, stable and nurturing environments.

Our ‘Children are the heart of everything we do’, therefore the Pathway Care Residential team is committed to building care and support around each child or young person’s unique situation and individual circumstances.

Children who benefit from our services include those with:

  • Moderate to Severe Complex Learning Difficulties
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorders
  • Severe Physical Disabilities
  • Social and Emotional Difficulties
  • Risk of sexual exploitation
  • Attachment Disorder
  • Transgender Care
  • Emotional Dysregulation

Our homes are large enough to give our children the space and privacy they need with a low child to adult ratio, ensuring they are never crowded and are based in safe communities with good transport links and amenities.  With appropriate boundaries in place, we nurture a spirit of independence, respect and courtesy within our homes and children and young people are encouraged to express themselves and their individuality without fear or judgment.

Whilst in our care, we consider ourselves to be advocates and champions for our children and from the moment they are placed with us, we put their best interests at the centre of everything we do.  We take the lead involving the relevant agencies, authorities and organisations needed to ensure our children make steps towards achieving the best possible outcomes; growing, learning and building resilience.

All of our homes are therapeutically minded and many work with clinicians supporting young people to promote and embed any clinical input into a care plan. Many of our homes use therapeutic parenting approaches through the delivery of the PACE model, ensuring that young people feel they are loved and cared for, supporting them to reach their own goals and have aspiration and belief in all they do.