Compass Community

Since Graphite’s investment in 2017, Compass Community has rapidly grown its children’s services across the UK regions

Compass provides fostering services, children’s residential care and specialist schooling. Rigorous quality and recruitment standards are at the core of all of Compass’s operations. Compass places foster children with suitably trained carers and also operates children’s homes and specialist schools for its local authority clients.

Compass’s fostering division is the third largest independent fostering agency in the UK. Compass recruits and trains foster carers and works with local authorities to match them with children in the most appropriate manner. Compass then provides on-going support to carers to ensure that the needs of their foster children are being met. Reflecting strong demand from its clients, the group has complemented its fostering services with residential homes and schooling. Each home provides the highest-quality care and substitute parenting for three to eight children who experience a range of behavioural and emotional difficulties.  The schools are either relatively small pods within the grounds of a residential home or larger, standalone properties

Compass has received strong ratings from Ofsted across its fostering, residential and education divisions. The business has built a robust and scalable platform, allowing the group to grow organically and by acquisition.  All three divisions are growing strongly, reflecting the increasing number of children with special needs.

Compass marked Graphite’s ninth investment in the care sector. We are supporting the company’s growth through further investment in carer recruitment and the opening of new specialist homes and schools. We are also reviewing opportunities to integrate other smaller operators into the existing group.

Covid-19 has had minimal impact on Compass, as children’s services are critical. As a result, the company has continued to operate broadly as normal.  Compass’s specialist schools also remained open during the crisis.