March 2, 2021

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Safeguarding procedures put in place at Ceredigion residential home for adults

RECOMMENDATIONS made following an investigation into allegations of abuse at a residential care home for people with learning disabilities are being put in place, Ceredigion’s director of social services has said.

Local operational safeguarding reports for quarter one, April to June 2020 were presented to the council’s overview and scrutiny coordinating committee on January 20.

The report includes reference to an “on-going large scale police investigations relating to allegations made against staff in a residential care home caring for people with learning disabilities.”

Sian Howys, director of social services and corporate lead officer for Porth Cynnal told the committee that recommendations had arisen as a result of the investigation and it was a “positive end to that.”

She added that the department would continue to look at any concerns raised about that particular -unnamed – home.

The committee report states that staff whistleblowers reported allegations of neglect, financial, physical and emotional abuse during quarters two and three last year which were investigated by police.

The investigation ended in July 2020 and there are “no cases proceeding to prosecution but there are a number of Safeguarding issues concerning the staff members, which are being managed through Safeguarding Procedures under the Professional Concerns process,” it adds.

A council spokesman said: “Ceredigion County Council is unable to confirm the identity of the home due to the confidential and sensitive nature of the information referred to in the safeguarding report and the need to protect the identity of the residents concerned.”

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