Police launch investigation into welfare at care home

PUBLISHED: 08:00 02 July 2016


A police investigation has been launched at a care home for people with autism following allegations relating to the welfare of its residents.

Mendip House at Somerset Court, in Highbridge, is a care home for people with autism and complex support needs.

It can house up to nine people in seven purpose-built houses, with access to a range of day-to-day services at the home in Harp Road.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary confirmed it is investigating the home.

A spokesman for the police said: “We can confirm an investigation has begun looking into allegations surrounding the welfare of residents at Mendip House in Highbridge.

“This investigation is at an early stage and it would be inappropriate for us to comment further at this time.”

The home is one of 37 facilities owned by the National Autistic Society and the charity said it took ‘immediate action’ by notifting authorities as soon as the allegations were made.

A spokesman for the society told the Mercury: “We can confirm that following allegations about the welfare of residents at one of our residential services we took immediate action, alerting all the relevant authorities including the police.

“We are now working closely with the different agencies on their investigations.

“Parents and carers were informed at the earliest possible opportunity.

“They are being kept up-to-date with progress on the investigations and the changes that are already being put in place to ensure the people living in our service are cared for to the highest standard.

“This is our primary concern, and we are doing everything necessary to ensure they are properly supported.

“As the situation is subject to a police investigation, we are unable to comment further at this time.”

The Care Quality Commission is currently undertaking checks on the service under its new way of inspecting.

However, its last report, which was published in 2014, revealed Mendip House met the required standards in all areas of care and services.

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