Advanced Childcare Limited (ACL) has acquired Continuum Care and Education Group for an undisclosed amount.
The merger will create the largest provider of specialist children’s care and education services in the UK. The combined company has more than 80 of the total 152 local authorities as existing customers.
It will have 143 children’s homes, 15 special schools and over 100 fostering placements, employing over 1,400 people.
The group plans to add a further 875 new jobs over the next four years.
ACL’s founder and chief executive Riz Khan said: “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.”
ACL provides care and education to young people with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties. Continuum Care provides residential care and special schools for looked-after-children.
Private equity firm GI Partners acquired Advanced Childcare in 2011 from Bowmark Capital.