allegations investigated at autism centre near Burnham-On-Sea
have launched an investigation following allegations concerning
the welfare of vulnerable residents at a leading specialist centre
for people with autism near Burnham-On-Sea.
National Autistic Society, which runs Somerset Court in Brent
Knoll, alerted the police and other authorities after concerns
were raised about people at one of the bungalows within the complex,
a statement this week, it says: "We can confirm that following
allegations about the welfare of residents at one of our residential
services we took immediate action, alerting all the relevant authorities
including the police, and we are now working closely with the
different agencies on their investigations."
and carers were also informed at the earliest possible opportunity
and are being kept up to date with progress on the investigations
and the changes that are already being put in place to ensure
the people living in our service are cared for to the highest
is our primary concern, and we are doing everything necessary
to ensure they are properly supported. As the situation is subject
to a police investigation, we are unable to comment further at
and Somerset Police have confirmed they are investigating.
police spokesman said: "An investigation has begun into an
allegation surrounding the welfare of residents at Mendip House,
Highbridge. This investigation is at a very early stage."
in 26 acres of land, Somerset Court was the first specialist centre
for people with autistism in the UK. Mendip House is one of seven
within the centre. It is a large detached bungalow with room for
up to eight people who have autism and complex support needs.
report published by the health and social care regulator the Care
Quality Commission in 2014 following an inspection was largely
positive, but flagged up what it called "inconsistent practice
and failures to take appropriate action relating to best interests