3 high quality services – 1 outstanding Group

Outcomes First Group

In 2016, NFA Group combined forces with Acorn Education and Care to create the UK’s leading and largest Children’s care provider. With over 2 decades of experience and a positive reputation as a specialist, multi-divisional organisation, the NFA Group provided high-quality Education, Care and Fostering services to vulnerable children and young people, offering them a safe and nurturing environment in which to learn, grow and succeed.

2019 saw this position further strengthened by the alliance of the NFA Group and Outcomes First Group creating the unified Group you see today – a Group which has become a vital part of local communities in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland with a renowned reputation for quality and positive outcomes for the people we care for.

Our specialist care, education and therapeutic services support children with complex needs and learning disabilities including autism and social, emotional and mental health difficulties (SEMH). Our approach increases the likelihood of positive outcomes by creating an environment for each individual to develop both personally and academically, preparing them for their transition to adulthood.

This approach is further enhanced by our in-house clinical teams, recognising each person we support as an individual and tailoring our care plans to meet specific needs from the point of admission and throughout their journey with us.

Education and Care

Our specialist SEN provision, coupled with our expertise within residential care means we offer thousands of vulnerable children and young people across the UK a holistic, wraparound care, residential and education service, empowering them with everything they need to flourish.

Find out more about our Care and Education provision.


Our highly skilled and dedicated fostering community supports Local Authorities by providing short or long-term foster placements for thousands of vulnerable children and teenagers in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. With 100% of our 28 regional fostering agencies officially recognised by Ofsted, Welsh and Scottish regulators as either ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Good’, it is perhaps not surprising that more people choose to foster with our fostering agencies than any other fostering provider in the UK.

Find out more about Fostering with us.