100 jobs to go as Bideford school for autistic children announces closure plans
A hundred people in North Devon could lose their jobs after it was revealed that a Bideford residential and day school for children with autism will close next year.
Broomhayes Centre currently provides care and support to 18 people with autism, including five children.
But recent inspections by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and Ofsted have shown the facility is not currently reaching the high standards of care and education the centre had set themselves
Broomhayes has also faced some financial challenges at Broomhayes over the past few years.
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The National Autistic Society (NAS), which runs the centre, has confirmed as a result around 100 people are likely to lose their jobs although the centre is still in consultation.
A spokesman from The NAS, said: "We have taken the decision to close the residential and day school provision for children at Broomhayes Centre on a date to be agreed in the early part of 2014.
"A fall in child referrals and the ageing of those currently being cared for have seen Broomhayes change into a much more adult focussed service.
“As such, we are looking to continue developing a smaller and more focussed service for young adults.
"We understand that this will be unsettling news for those currently supported by the centre and we will work with them, their families and their local authorities to seek ongoing support which best suits their needs.
"We acknowledge that there are considerable improvements to be made at Broomhayes, and we are committed to working with CQC and other stakeholders in order to provide the very best support we can to the people in our care.
"Employees at the centre were informed of this decision earlier today. We will be working with staff to agree the next steps and providing them with support throughout this process.
"We know that this is unsettling news and would like to assure all those connected to the Centre that we are committed to ensuring the best possible outcomes for them.”