A residential and day centre for children and young people with autism in North Devon is to close down its school, with the loss of up to a hundred jobs.
Broomhayes Centre at Bideford says that, after failing to reach high standards of care and education, they will no longer look after children and will concentrate on caring for young adults instead, Seth Conway reports.
The National Autistic Society has promised to work with the people affected by the closure of the Broomhayes autism school.
A statement from the society said: "We acknowledge that there are considerable improvements to be made at Broomhayes, and we are committed to working with CQC and other stakeholders in order to provide the very best support we can to the people in our care."
It added: "Employees at the centre were informed of this decision earlier today. We will be working with staff to agree the next steps and providing them with support throughout this process.
"We know that this is unsettling news and would like to assure all those connected to the Centre that we are committed to ensuring the best possible outcomes for them."
Around 100 redundancies could be made with the closure of Broomhayes Special School in Bideford, Devon, the National Autistic Society said. A statement from the society read:
Recent inspections by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and Ofsted have shown that we are not currently reaching the high standards of care and education at Broomhayes Centre that we have set ourselves. We have also faced some financial challenges at Broomhayes over the last few years.
We have taken the decision to close the residential and day school provision for children at Broomhayes Centre on a date to be agreed in the early part of 2014.
A fall in child referrals and the ageing of those currently being cared for have seen Broomhayes change into a much more adult focussed service. As such, we are looking to continue developing a smaller and more focussed service for young adults.
A fall in child referrals and the ageing of those currently being cared for have seen Broomhayes change into a much more adult-focused service. As such, we are looking to continue developing a smaller and more focused service for young adults.
We acknowledge that there are considerable improvements to be made at Broomhayes, and we are committed to working with CQC and other stakeholders in order to provide the very best support we can to the people in our care.
A school for autistic children and young adults in Bideford, Devon, is to close its child provision in 2014. It will focus solely on young adult care. Broomhayes School and Children's Centre has been criticised by the Care Quality Commission and has seen fewer child referrals.
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The incident happened yesterday afternoon at a post office within a shop close to the Bideford Bay Holiday Park. After demanding money with the suggestion that a weapon was concealed, the suspect fled in the direction Hartland.
A 25-year-old has been bailed and a 24-year-old remains in police custody.
A crash involving nine cars meant Bideford's Torridge Bridge was closed today.
Police, ambulances and fire crews were called to the scene at around 1.30pm. No-one sustained life-threatening injuries in the crash, although a ambulance crews did tend to two casualties with neck injuries.