Kisimul investigation leads to no criminal charges

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There will be no criminal proceedings into safeguarding concerns at a Kisimul Group children’s home in Lincolnshire.

Police made arrests in November as part of an ongoing investigation into ‘serious’ safeguarding concerns at Kisimul’s Lower School in Swinderby, which looks after children with autism and challenging behaviours.

In January this year, further arrests were made as part of the investigation, named Operation Hendon. In total eight people were questioned as part of police enquiries.

Following its investigation, DCI Richard Myszczyszyn, senior investigating officer, 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.’

A police statement added the Kisimul Group now has responsibility for any further internal investigations which will be overseen by the local authority and its partners.

A Kisimul statement said: ‘At 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 30 November 2018 has not 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.’