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Our history

We are all Key Assets

Key Assets The Children’s Services Provider was established in 2007. A social enterprise underpinned by strong values and a commitment to improving outcomes for children and young people across the world. Through social impact investment from Jim Cockburn, the pioneering founder of the UK’s leading children’s services provider, The Core Assets Group, and in partnership with local innovative and experienced childcare professionals, services have been established across Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Europe and North America. Led by founding Chief Executive Officer, Estella Abraham and working with local Directors the initial vision was to establish quality foster care services for children and young people who were difficult to place. The confidence to develop this service was borne out of the experience of developing foster care services in the Republic of Ireland in 2005 and recognising the positive impact this had in terms of creating additional placement choice for government sector partners.

Extending to Western Australia and New Zealand simultaneously in 2007 was a huge challenge and indicative of our commitment to innovate and respond. We were not content with a single demonstration project or service and so the urgency was to create an international footprint and our pace of development became important to establish presence and brand. Our cultural sensitivity, demonstration of quality and business acumen success has been recognised through confidence in contracting by the government and non-government partners and through award accolades.

More than a decade later our global reach has expanded and we are operating in 8 countries (see map) and delivering the full continuum of care and related services. We provide services to over 2000 children and young people and our workforce is made up of 1800 staff and foster parents.

Our commitment to capacity building in vulnerable communities is underpinned through our partnerships with For Our Children (Bulgaria), the Martin James Foundation (UK), the Centre for Excellence in Alternative Care (India) and the Nippon Foundation (Japan).  We also recognise the importance of research and evidence-based practice which led our founder to fund development of the Rees Centre at Oxford University.


Key Assets The Children’s Services Provider was established in 2007.

What is in our name Key Assets?

An asset is something of value. We take care of assets and we invest in them in order to have future benefit and impact.

Our name reflects our belief that children and young people are valuable and precious!  They are the future and we must do everything we can to support them to grow up in safe and caring environments that help them to lead successful lives.  We see children and young people as the key assets of this future.

We also recognise that in order for children and young people to do well in life that there are key developmental assets that need to be nurtured and invested in. Areas such as education, emotional well-being, cultural identity, belonging and health require our time and investment. We want our young people to be resilient.

Our name key assets reflect the role that individuals and teams make in nurturing and caring for young people.  We would say that our staff, our foster parents and the families of children and young people are also key assets in supporting them to reach their full potential.


What is in our brand logo?


Our brand logo is universally applied across our group. It is our way of saying that we are One Company, with many products.

So what does it mean?  As a social enterprise operating across 3 continents the circle reflects that we are a global company, it is the world globe.  The coloured ribbons represent the diversity of our services or products and how they interlink with each other, demonstrating how we deliver a continuum of care. The small circular gap in the side of the logo can be seen in 2 ways, either for you to look through and to see what is next on the horizon or that our work is continually evolving and there is always room to do more, there is space to fill.

Our brand logo connects us across 8 countries and multiple language groups it represents our common purpose to achieve positive and lasting outcomes for children, families and communities.