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Police investigation into safeguarding issues at Kisimul's Swinderby children's home concludes with no charges to be brought

The police inquiry into safeguarding concerns at a children’s home has been concluded and there will be no criminal proceedings to follow.

The Lincolnshire Police at the Swinderby site of the Kisimul Group was announced on November 30 2018.

More than seven months later, the force announced there will be no criminal proceedings as a result of that investigation.

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It said the The Kisimul Group now have responsibility for any further internal investigations, which will be overseen by the local authority and its partners.

Detective Chief Inspector Richard Myszczyszyn, senior investigating officer, who led the investigation, said: “My team carried out a meticulous investigation over six months since November 2018 but no criminal charges could be brought against any of those who were arrested and released pending that investigation.

"Throughout the enquiry we have been engaged with a multi-agency group to ensure those involved have been kept informed and any safeguarding issues addressed.”

Operation Hendon initially saw three people arrested in connection with the investigation into safeguarding concerns at the home.

The three people were one man, aged 56 and two women aged 52 and 57, all from Lincoln who were bailed to return at a later date.

Three further arrests followed ­— two women, aged 34 and 53 and a man aged 27, who were again all from Lincoln. They too were bailed.

Commenting on the conclusion of the inquiry, a spokesman for Kisimul said: “At the Kisimul Children’s Home, Swinderby, the safety of our pupils is our absolute priority.

"We are committed to delivering high quality education and care for all the children we work with.

“We are pleased that the police investigation that was announced on 30th November 2018 has now

concluded and that no charges have been made.

“The safety and wellbeing of the children in our care is paramount.

"It was right these allegations were thoroughly investigated and we fully supported the police and Ofsted throughout this process.

“Alongside this, we are undertaking a detailed, independently-led, internal review to ensure all our

procedures and protocols are as robust as possible.

"Our priority is ensuring we provide the highest quality care to our children and young people.

“Our focus continues to be on working closely with them, as well as local authorities, social workers,

and Ofsted, to ensure they continue to receive the care and support they need.”

Kisimul Children’s Home, Swinderby, is a long-established provider of care for children aged

8-16 with autism, learning disabilities and challenging behaviour.

The home provides residential provision, with accommodation designed to provide a homely, family environment.

Kisimul said the onsite school provides highly specialist support to its pupils, focused on providing a safe, warm, and caring environment that helps all pupils lead happy and fulfilling lives.

The school is currently rated Outstanding by Ofsted.

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