Kibble school under investigation after abuse allegations

    An independent care school in the west of Scotland is under
    investigation following allegations of abuse, writes
    Maggie Wood.

    Kibble school in Paisley provides residential and educational
    facilities for children with significant social and behavioural

    A spokesperson for the school confirmed that the Care Commission
    had been approached by a member of staff who alleged that
    colleagues had physically abused youngsters in their care.

    Graham Bell, director of Kibble said that the allegations were
    “untrue, offensive and malicious” and that the school
    welcomes any investigation by the Care Commission or the

    It is understood that the member of staff who made the allegations
    was subject to a disciplinary hearing four years ago.

    In June a similar investigation was launched at Kerelaw school in
    Ayrshire which is run by Glasgow city council. A council spokesman
    confirmed that twelve staff were now been suspended and seven more
    compulsorily redeployed after allegations of the inappropriate use
    of physical restraint in the home.

    He added that the residential facility at the school was down to
    50% of its previous capacity. He stressed that children had not
    been removed from the unit as a consequence of the investigation
    but that new placements were currently being minimised. Meanwhile
    the secure unit is at full capacity.

    He also confirmed that the three-pronged investigation into the
    allegations involving the police, the council and the Care
    Commission is continuing.

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