London, UK (PRWEB UK) 27 April 2012
Advanced Childcare Limited (“ACL”) today announced the acquisition of The Continuum Care and Education Group to create the largest provider of specialist children’s care and education services in the UK.
The combined Group establishes the first national-scale provider able to deliver a complete therapeutic care pathway to Local Authorities for looked-after-children. More than 80 of the total 152 Local Authorities are existing customers.
Joined with Continuum, ACL brings a market-leading breadth of therapeutic and special education services which enable highly traumatised looked-after-children to gain the skills and confidence to transition from specialist residential homes to family placements, such as fostering, or independent living.
Over 90,000 looked-after-children passed through the care system in the UK last year, the majority placed because of abuse or neglect. More than 10,000 new care applications were issued by the courts last year, a record and up 36% in the last three years.
“With this merger, Advanced Childcare now has the scale and expertise to offer integrated therapeutic and educational pathways to help such children achieve a better future. These end-to-end care pathways allow us to assist Local Authorities in reducing lifecycle costs and to champion positive outcomes for looked-after children” said Riz Khan, Founder and CEO of Advanced Childcare.
Iain MacRitchie, the outgoing Chairman of Continuum Group, commented, “This is a very exciting time and the start of a new chapter in Continuum’s development, adding further breadth and depth to the services we can offer. The House of Resilience care model that we pioneered encompasses a range of sector leading clinical intervention programmes, educational provision, residential care and family support services. These programmes, driven by hugely committed staff, have made significant positive differences in the lives of many troubled young people. The merger with another high quality, innovative provider, Advanced Childcare, creates a group with over 1400 highly talented carers and educationalists.”
The combined company will have 143 children’s homes with 416 placements, 15 special schools and over 100 fostering placements, employing over 1400 people. Organic growth plans will see the Company expand further, adding 875 new jobs over the next 4 years.
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About the Continuum Group:
The Continuum Care and Education Group is the third largest provider of residential childcare with 201 places and the second largest provider of special schools for looked-after-children. The Company was formed in 2006 following the merger of four smaller childcare businesses. Continuum is the market leading provider of complex solo and dual place services and, in the last two years, has significantly expanded its post-16 Care Leaver transition services. 85% of its residential places are rated ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Good’ by Ofsted, well above the national average of 77%. The Company employs 865 staff.
About Advanced Childcare:
Prior to this merger, Advanced Childcare was the second largest provider of residential care for looked-after-children and the only major provider to offer both residential care and fostering. The Company has 215 places, 4 registered special schools and 105 fostering placements. The company has the highest number of ‘Outstanding’ rated children’s homes in the sector and is the #1 provider of block contract beds to Local Authorities in the UK, all awarded through competitive tenders. The company employs c. 550 people.