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'No specific cause for concern' for children in West Berkshire in Calcot Services for Children homes, says West Berkshire Council, following BBC investigation



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West Berkshire Council says there is no specific cause for concern in the district over allegations made about abuse at Calcot Services for Children.

Dominic Boeck, (Con, Aldermaston), executive portfolio holder for children and young people and eduction, told the council executive last night (Thursday) that the council has a small number of children under the care of Calcot.

“We are aware of allegations made by the media of Calcot, which is a big provider in the region. We have three children in these homes, and we will be contacting those children and continue to monitor. There is no specific cause for concern for young people in West Berkshire.”

West Berkshire Council says it has 'no specific concerns' following BBC investigation into Calcot Services for Children
West Berkshire Council says it has 'no specific concerns' following BBC investigation into Calcot Services for Children

A BBC investigation said children in care have reported being groomed and sexually assaulted in homes run by the firm making huge profits.

Multiple employees of Calcot Services for Children told the BBC vulnerable young people were failed.

BBC News has found the company made profits of 36% last year, double that of other big care providers – figures already considered excessive by a watchdog.

Calcot said profits were high because of built up investment, and it prioritises safeguarding children.

In a statement made today (Friday), West Berkshire Council said: "As a local authority we take very seriously our responsibilities towards the vulnerable children and young people in the district. We have three children placed in these homes and their social workers will be contacting them directly to discuss this with them.

"In addition, we will be contacting any of our young people placed in the care of Calcot Services for Children over the past three years and arranging to speak to them.

"We will continue to monitor this issue and take any appropriate steps. However, at this stage we wish to reassure local people that we have had no specific cause for concern about young people from West Berkshire."



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