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Staff suspended at learning disability home

Four members of staff at the Rose Villa learning disability residential care home in Bristol have been suspended over allegations of misconduct.

Rose Villa is a nine-bed rehabilitation centre in the Brislington area of the city. It is run by Castlebeck, the company that also ran Winterbourne View, another residential facility in Bristol, where alleged abuse against vulnerable adults was exposed by Panorama and led to its closure. The home had been inspected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), which, following the allegations of abuse at Winterbourne View, has been reviewing all services provided across England by Castlebeck.

A statement from the CQC said: “Following an inspection on 1 July our inspectors drew the manager’s attention to two separate issues. We understand that two members of staff were subsequently suspended. We are satisfied that those issues are being addressed and the findings of that inspection will be published in full within the next few weeks.     “We are aware that two other members of staff have also been suspended for other separate reasons.  “In the meantime, we continue to monitor Rose Villa, and if there was any evidence that people were at risk, we would take immediate action.”

Meanwhile, Avon and Somerset Police said they are assisting multi-agency partners following allegations made about members of staff at Rose Villa. “However, no criminal offences have been disclosed,” a spokesperson said.

A Castlebeck statement said: “We can confirm that four members of staff have been suspended following allegations of misconduct. In accordance with our policy we have notified and are working with all relevant authorities as enquiries are being conducted. “As this process is ongoing we are not able to comment further at this time.”

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