Second Doncaster children's home closed by Ofsted over safeguarding concerns

A second Doncaster children’s home has been closed by education watchdog Ofsted over safeguarding concerns.

By Darren Burke
Saturday, 27th March 2021, 12:12 pm

Wilsic Hall School Children’s Home has had its registration suspended while an investigation takes place.

The home near to Wadworth is the second in Doncaster to be closed in recent weeks after officials moved in to close Fullerton House School Children’s Home in Denaby earlier this month over similar concerns.

Both are operated by the Hesley Group, which has its headquarters at Hesley Hall near Doncaster.

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Wilsic Hall School children's home has been closed by Ofsted.

An Ofsted spokesperson said: “We can confirm that we have suspended the registration of Wilsic Hall School Children’s home due to safeguarding concerns. We cannot provide any further details while investigations are being carried out.”

The school itself has not had its registration suspended.

According to its website, Wilsic Hall offers accommodation for 32 boys aged between 11 and 19 and supports people with autism, learning difficulties and challenging behaviours.

Last week, Fullerton House School Children’s Home, which also cares for children with severe special educational needs, was ordered to shut by the education watchdog following concerns over pupils’ safety.

A Hesley Group spokesman said: “Wilsic Hall School Children’s Home has received a suspension notice from Ofsted and we are working with local authorities and families to ensure all the young adults in our care are moved to appropriate accommodated during this time.

“Our priority at the moment is to ensure the young people are supported during this temporary change.

“The school will remain open and continue providing education and support to its students.

“We remain committed, as always, to proving a safe and caring environment for these young adults and we are going to work closely with Ofsted to address the concerns they have raised.”

A statement on the Ofsted website, explaining why establishments can have registration removed, states: “Sometimes Ofsted needs to suspend a childcare provider’s registration if it believes a child or children may be at risk of harm.

"This does not always mean that the provider has done something wrong, but it does allow Ofsted time to investigate its concerns or give it or the provider time to take steps to reduce or remove any possible risk.”