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Safeguarding children with disabilities in residential settings

National safeguarding practice review into safeguarding children with disabilities and complex needs in residential settings.

Applies to England



This review sets out recommendations and findings for national government and local safeguarding partners to protect children at risk of serious harm.

The phase 1 report examines allegations of abuse and neglect to children living in three private residential settings located in Doncaster and operated by the Hesley Group:

  • Fullerton House
  • Wilsic Hall
  • Wheatley House

The phase 2 report sets out recommendations to improve the safety, support and outcomes for children with disabilities and complex health needs living in residential settings.

Published 26 October 2022
Last updated 20 April 2023 + show all updates
  1. 'Safeguarding children with disabilities and complex health needs in residential settings: phase 2 report' has been added.

  2. First published.