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 schooling. Rigorous quality and recruitment standards are at the core of all of Compass’s operations. Compass places foster carers and also operates children’s homes for its local authority clients.

Compass’s fostering division is the third largest independent fostering agency in the UK. Compass recruits foster carers and provides them with training and on-going support following their placement with its local authority clients. 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 six children who experience a range of behavioural and emotional difficulties. 

Compass has received strong ratings from Ofsted across its fostering, residential and education divisions. The business has built a robust and scalable platform, successfully acquiring smaller operators, making their businesses more professional, and integrating them into the existing fostering and residential divisions. 

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 and, as a result, the company has continued to operate broadly as normal.  Compass’s special schools have also remained open during the crisis.