William Eichler 17 December 2019

Children’s home closed due to safeguarding concerns

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A specialist children’s home in Gloucestershire has temporarily closed because of safeguarding and safety concerns.

Orbis Abbey Rose School, which opened in March, has 10 residential places for nine to 19-year-olds.

An inspection by Ofsted discovered that some of the six pupils who were placed there felt unsafe due to the behaviour of others.

It also concluded that the school had no effective leadership.

Gloucestershire County Council had placed two pupils at Orbis Abbey Rose School and withdrew them as soon as they were made aware of Ofsted’s findings.

‘We take the welfare of children in our care very seriously. As soon as we were made aware of the outcome of the Ofsted inspection at Orbis Abbey-Rose, we took immediate action to remove the two children we had placed there as soon as possible,’ a council spokesperson said.

‘Whilst it wouldn’t be appropriate to talk about individuals, both are now in an alternative care which meets their individual needs.’

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