Acorn House is committed to the highest possible standards of care and undertakes to ensure that our practices comply with:

The Children Act 1998 and 2004, The Fostering Services National Minimum Standards 2011, The Children Act 1989 Guidance and Regulations Volume 2: Care Planning, Placement and Case Review Regulations 2010, The Children Act 1989 Guidance and Regulations Volume 4: Fostering Services 2011 and Working Together 2010- A guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

Acorn House defines the parameters and expectations of those standards throughout all of our documents, but in particular our:

  • Policy, Procedures and Practice Manuals
  • Foster Carers and Staff Manuals
  • Foster Carers Agreement

Acorn House staff work in partnership with all stakeholders to ensure the maximum opportunity for children and young people to develop fully and achieve their full potential.  Acorn House maintains a clear focus on promoting and safeguarding their physical and emotional welfare and protecting them from all forms of abuse. We ensure the provision of appropriate health care and the opportunity to participate in decisions about health. We will encourage and support the maintenance of family contacts and friendships and promote educational achievement and support young people in developing their skills for independence.

Our policies in relation to the recruitment, assessment, approval, training, management and support of foster carers reflect the expectations set out in the Code of Practice (1999).