Compass Community

In December 2017 Graphite Capital led the management buy-out of Compass Community, a leading children’s services provider in the UK

Compass provides fostering services, children’s residential care and schooling. At the time of the buy-out, Compass had placed foster carers looking after c.1,200 children and operated 13 children’s homes for its local authority customers. 

Compass’s fostering division is the third largest independent fostering agency in the UK. Compass recruits foster carers and, following their placement with its local authority customers, provides them with training and on-going support. Reflecting strong demand from its customers, it has complemented its fostering services with residential homes and schooling. Each home provides a specialist service for three to six children.

Compass is a high-quality care provider, with strong ratings from Ofsted in its fostering, residential and education divisions. The business has built a strong and scalable platform, successfully integrating and professionalising smaller operators across both the fostering and residential divisions. Rigorous quality and recruitment standards are at the core of all of Compass’s operations.

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. Compass has made two acquisitions.