Childrens special needs care closes and staff suspended amid allegations of child

“We are now focused on doing all that we can to support the children, young people, their families and carers, and the many caring and dedicated staff who are affected during this very difficult time.”Aurora stressed the allegations specifically relate to the children’s home and not an adjoining school also run by the company.Executive director of People Services at Bristol City Council, Dr Jacqui Jensen, said: “Ofsted has taken enforcement action and issued the care home with a suspension notice.”Allegations such as this are very concerning and therefore the welfare and needs of the children, young people and their families are our top priority.”She said the council was helping to review each child’s care plans to make alternative arrangements.It is thought the school was attended by 28 children and young adults. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A care home for children with special needs has suddenly closed and staff have been suspended amid allegations of child cruelty. St Christopher’s Children’s Home cares for vulnerable children with complex needs and is run by Aurora Group.Avon and Somerset Police confirmed it was investigating “allegations of child cruelty offences” relating to the centre in the north Bristol area.The nature of the alleged offences as well as the number of children affected remains unknown as officers said that the investigation was in its early stages. Ofsted has removed the Carisbrooke Lodge care home’s registration while police investigate.A police spokesman said: “We’re investigating allegations of child cruelty offences relating to a special education school in the north Bristol area. We’re working with our multi-agency partners to ensure that safeguarding measures are being put in place and Ofsted has been notified. “Parents have been contacted. Some members of staff have been suspended while our investigation continues. We cannot go into further details at this stage for legal reasons.”In a statement, Aurora said it was “deeply concerned about the serious allegations against a small number of staff who were immediately suspended.””They were reported to the authorities straight away in line with our safeguarding procedures,” it added.

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