Three residents removed from Lancashire care home for autistic young people and home's registration supended following Ofsted visit

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Three young people have been removed from a Lancashire residential care home for those with autism following a visit by Government inspectors Ofsted.

Ofsted suspended the registration of the Cambian Brook View facility on Ward Green Lane, Ribchester, near Longridge, after a recent visit.

An Ofsted spokesperson said: “We suspended this home’s registration on 18 February 2022 following a planned visit. We are unable to share any further information about the home at this time.”

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It is the second time in just over two years that young people have been removed from the Ribchester site following Ofsted visits.

The centre pictured when it was known as Mountwood AcademyThe centre pictured when it was known as Mountwood Academy
The centre pictured when it was known as Mountwood Academy

The Post understands two of the three residents are still attending the neighbouring Brook View school which is on the same rural site.

A statement on the Brook View website says: “Our residential home is currently closed and will be re-opened in due course.”

A spokesperson for Cambian Brook View school said : “Following the recent inspection and subsequent constructive discussions with Ofsted we have deregistered this care home, this action does not impact the running of the school. We have supported the transition of the young people to new placements. We will now build a new care team to register and then reopen this home.”

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The development has had a troubled history and different owners in recent years – opening as Beacon Reach and then being renamed the Mountwood Academy.

In September 2019 when still Mountwood Academy and then operated by ROC Northwest Ltd Ofsted said it had found “an ongoing failure to safeguard children and protect them from harm” and young residents were removed from the premises at short notice. In their critical report in 2019 Ofsted revealed that in the past year several residents had been harmed both physically and emotionally at the children’s home.

After closing on Ofsted orders it later reopened as Brook View.

The neighbouring Cambian Brook View School is decribed as “an independent specialist day school providing a high standard of education for students aged 8–19 years old with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder and other related conditions.”

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On its website Cambian advises it is one of the largest providers of specialist education and behavioural health services for children in the UK.

* Cambian and ROC Northwest share the same parent group Caretech.