Keys Group expand to cover residential children’s homes in Ireland


Keys Group, the largest independent provider of specialist residential children's homes in the UK, has commenced provision in Ireland for the first time.

With effect from Tuesday 28th July, Keys acquired the business and assets of the former company Children Services Ireland (CSI) which had went into liquidation. In addition to Key's portfolio of over 70 children's homes in Northern Ireland, England and Wales, the company will now own and operate a further two children's homes in Kilkenny and Portarlington with more scheduled openings in Ireland planned for the near future.

Established as the largest and most innovative care and education providers for children and young people in the UK, the Keys Group incorporates several integrated specialist divisions offering excellent services across the UK and now Ireland.

This venture, the first of its kind by an established leading independent children's provider, is seen as a major development in children's services in Ireland.

Peter O'Neill, Marketing Director for Keys Group, stressed:

"In all instances our first priority is the continuity of care for the children currently placed. In addition we are keen to grow our provision in Ireland further. We believe our ambition of bringing extensive specialist, value driven and outcome based residential care for children will have a positive impact in Ireland and in addition provide positive employment opportunities. Our approach is to work alongside and in partnership with placing HSEs in meeting children's needs and helping to improve residential care provision in Ireland. This exciting initiative is the first step in that journey."

Heather Laffin, Chief Executive of Keys Group, explains the company ethos for sustainable growth:

"At Keys we operate a human structure, based on people working together for a collective good. We are committed to the continued investment in a sustainable model of operations to ensure that we can provide a consistently high level of care to our children and young people."