HEALTHCARE SPECIALIST INVESTORS

Investment type: Buyout

Sub-sector: Social Care

Status: Realised

Website: www.bythebridge.co.uk

By the Bridge

By the Bridge is a therapeutic fostercare provider in the UK, focusing on children and young people with challenging needs. Therapeutic fostering helps these children to recover from the traumatic early life experiences and it can transform the life chances for some of the most vulnerable children in society.

Impact

The company achieved multiple outstanding ratings by Ofsted (Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills) and achieved significantly above average outcomes for its children terms of regular attendance at school, education level and family placement stability.

Key Developments

During Apposite’s ownership, the company grew from a single office based in Kent to a national provider working with over 100 local authorities around the country. The number of By the Bridge employees and the number of children the company looked after both grew by 5 fold. By the Bridge continued to promote innovation, for example by developing a University diploma in fostering, and by supporting children for independent living.

By the Bridge was sold to the Cambian Group in March 2015.