Cambian Buys Signpost Children’s Services

The Cambian Group said Wednesday that it has acquired Signpost Children’s Services. Financial terms weren’t announced. London-based GI Partners provided capital for the deal. U.K.-based Signpost is a specialist provider of residential care for deaf children and young adults with additional complex needs.


The Cambian Group, one of the UK’s leading providers of specialist care, rehabilitation and education services for children and adults with complex needs, has announced the acquisition of Devon, U.K. based Signpost Children’s Services.

Signpost is a specialist provider of residential care for deaf children and young adults with additional complex needs. The company delivers care to some of the most complex cases in the UK in a highly specialist care environment including dedicated British Sign Language trained staff who maintain a fully-signing environment throughout.

This acquisition further extends The Cambian Group’s range of specialist care services for individuals with complex needs. In line with The Cambian Group’s commitment to providing the best facilities for children in their care, each Signpost home is designed to ultimately encourage residents to manage their own behaviours, feel more confident and to prepare them for a more independent life. This includes access to specialist facilities such as an on-site agricultural small-holding involving young people in animal husbandry, helping to build confidence and daily living skills.

Mike McQuaid, Group Chief Operating Officer, The Cambian Group said: ‘This is a very exciting time for The Cambian Group – we will look to build on the outstanding work being carried out by the Signpost team and translate these capabilities where applicable across the wider Cambian Group. The Cambian Group remains committed to ensuring every young person in our care achieves their personal best.’

Cambian Signpost will continue to provide highly specialist care for these children with complex needs, drawing on the additional capabilities of The Cambian Group’s experience in social care, special education and mental health.

The transaction was funded by capital from GI Partners, based in London.


About The Cambian Group

As the leading UK provider of specialist services in education, mental health rehabilitation and learning disabilities, The Cambian Group provide services for over 1,100 individuals in more than 60 facilities, employing over 3,500 staff and working with 140 public authorities.

Building on over 30 years of experience in specialist education, all of The Cambian Group’s schools are rated ’Outstanding’ by Ofsted. In addition, despite the severity of their needs, upon completion of their programme 40% of The Cambian Group’s post-16 students with Asperger’s syndrome are able to go to mainstream college.

The Cambian Group refers to a group of companies including Cambian Healthcare Limited (Cambian was founded by GI Partners and management in 2004) and the Care Aspirations group of companies (acquired by GI Partners and management in 2008).

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About GI Partners

Established in 2001, GI Partners is a leading private investment firm that focuses on control-oriented investments in asset-intensive, middle market businesses and real estate platforms located in the UK, Western Europe and North America. With offices in London, Munich, Menlo Park, Chicago and Greenwich (Connecticut), key sectors of focus include facilities-based specialist healthcare, financial services, leisure, retail, logistics and IT infrastructure. Since inception, the firm has secured $3.9 billion of equity capital commitments from recognized institutional real estate and private equity investors in the U.S., Europe, Asia and the Middle East. The team is currently investing from GI Partners Fund III L.P.