Acorn Fostering Services is an Ofsted approved and registered independent
fostering agency based in Leicester, providing fostering agency services
throughout the East and West Midlands and Northern Counties.
Our aim is to always provide foster carers who can offer a sensitive approach
to children. Because of their life experience, and
Acorn’s extensive support and training our foster carers are able to meet the needs of all types of looked after children.
We provide good quality foster placements for children and young people
up to the age of 18 years. We believe that children deserve the best quality
of care, which helps them deal with their changing circumstances.
Professional Memberships – We are members of The British Association for Adoption and Fostering, the
Nationwide Association of Fostering Providers, FosterTalk and The Fostering
Network. More about our Professional Memberships and Associations
Local Authorities – As an independent fostering agency we complement the fostering services
provided by local authorities. We work closely with local authority staff
in order to achieve better outcomes for the children placed with our carers.
More about the Local Authorities/Councils
Regulations - Acorn Fostering Services operates in accordance with Section 105 of Children
Act 1989, National Minimum Standards for Fostering 2011 and Fostering
Services Regulations 2011.
We fully comply with the guidance laid out by
Ofsted, and ensure that our policies and procedures are kept up-to-date with
changes in guidance and legislation.
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Our Aims and Objectives
We aim to provide a range of placements for children and young people,
both short term and long term with a view to:
Our objective is to meet the needs of children who are or may be temporarily
or permanently separated from their families. We strive to promote a high
level of care, guidance, encouragement, safety and security for children
placed with our foster carers.
In this pursuit our mission is to achieve
Quality, Equality and Safety in Care.
- Providing a substitute family for children/young people
- Providing safe and secure family environment in our care
- Rehabilitating children/young people back to their families
- To prepare young people in our care for life skills
- Preparing children/young people for moving on to a permanent placement
where they cannot return home safely
- Providing short breaks of care for children or young people from their
families or carers
About Our Fostering Services
As an independent and private fostering agency we work with various councils
to provide a range of placements for children and young people aged 0 to 18.
The types of placements we provide include:
- Short Term and Long Term
- Emergency Placements
- Respite Placements
- Mother and Baby Placements
- Bridging Placements
In accordance with the Fostering Services Regulations – Acorn ensures
that children and young persons placed with foster carers are protected
from any harm and their overall needs such as contact, health, education,
cultural, religious, dietary, employment and other special needs are met.
Acorn’s Values and Principles
‘Quality, Equality and Safety in Care’ is the phrase we have adopted as a guiding principle for Acorn Fostering
Our endeavours, deliberations and whatever we do are guided by this principle.
Inherent in this phrase is Acorn’s mission statement; to complement
this we also have a set of principles, values underpinning our services,
and organisational operations that we believe in and are committed to observe.
These key values are:
Commitment – Partnership – Integrity – Quality –
Investing in People – Equality of Opportunity – Safety
Associations and Accreditations
Ofsted – Acorn is
Ofsted approved, see all
our reports. The Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and
Skills. Acorn’s Unique Reference Number (URN) is
NAFP – Acorn is a member of the
NAFP – The Nationwide Association of Fostering Providers (NAFP) is a
UK trade association that campaigns for independent and voluntary sector
fostering providers (IFPs).
FosterTalk – Acorn is a member of
FosterTalk, which is an independent, not-for-profit organisation providing high quality
professional support to foster carers.
IIP - Acorn is working towards achieving the
Investors in People Standard by supporting its staff and carers with an IIP approved training
and personal development scheme.
Fostering Network – Acorn are members of the
Fostering Network the UK’s leading charity for foster care, providing a wide range
of information and resources for everyone involved in fostering.
ISO9001 – Acorn is working towards achieving ISO 9001 quality standards
for management and operational procedures.
BAAF – Acorn is a member of
BAAF – The British Association for Adoption and Fostering – the
UK’s leading adoption and fostering membership association, promoting
the highest standards of practice in adoption, fostering and childcare services.
- Acorn Fostering Services operates in accordance with Section 105 of the
Children Act 1989 and the Fostering Services Regulations 2011.
- We fully comply with the guidance set out by Ofsted and are committed to
continually updating and developing new policies and procedures based
on experience, new research and guidance.
- Acorn not only fully complies with the minimum standards set by Ofsted,
but maintains much higher standards of practice.
- Our aim is to strive for providing best possible quality of foster placements
for children and young persons up to the age of 18 years who require substitute care.
The Children and Young People we Help
‘looked after’ was introduced by the Children Act in 1989 and refers to children who
are subject to care orders and those who are accommodated. Many looked
after children and young people will have been affected by distressing
and damaging experiences including physical and sexual abuse and neglect.