Residential Homes with Integrated Education & Therapy
Acorn specialises in working with young people with challenging behaviour and a range of associated needs and risks including exploitation, mental health issues, gang affected, absconders and other behaviours and issues. We are recognised for our stance again criminalisation of young people wherever possible. This is supported by our network of professionals, and staff, following restorative justice principals.
Our provision is innovative in its approaches to working with young people in care, through supporting research with Kent University and the development of specialist toolkits and assessments for exploitation, radicalisation, absconding and trafficking.
Acorn Group is a family owned company founded by Mathew Bennett. We are not beholden to any financial investor and are not part of a subsidiary of any company. This enables us to focus on the care and development of every young person placed within our services.
Our Philosophy of Care
Accepting the accountability for looking after a young person comes with the responsibility for providing multidisciplinary and specialist services. Four walls of a children’s home and a staff group is itself not enough to meet the complex changing needs and risks of looked after children who are involved in gangs, drugs and go missing.
Acorn Group’s philosophical approach, therefore, is based on the concept that we strongly believe children and young people need positive engagement and re-enforcement to build effective relationships and resilience. Young people require specialist services, services which Acorn provide as standard. We believe accepting the accountability for looking after a young person comes with the responsibility for providing multidisciplinary and specialist intervention.
‘Acorn and the people from the senior team I have worked with are impressive in their approach and attitude and I would like to work with them more closely in the future.’ – Dr J Reeves Co-Director, centre for Child Protection, University of Kent.
‘If I have a young person at risk of or with a history of CSE I will only place them into our in house service or Acorn Homes, no one else.’ – Local Authority Commissioning Quoted to Ofsted Inspector.