Three arrested over Kisimul safeguarding concerns

Three people have been arrested in connection with a safeguarding investigation at Kisimul’s children’s home in Swinderby.

As previously reported, all children who were boarding at the Swinderby Kisimul special needs school site near Lincoln were temporarily moved home or to alternative accommodation.

Police confirmed as part of Operation Hendon a 56-year-old man and two women, aged 52 and 57, all from Lincoln have now been bailed to return at a later date.

Police said: “As our investigation is ongoing we will not be commenting further at this stage.”

Ofsted suspended the registration of the children’s boarding home due to what is described as serious safeguarding concerns.

The school remained open as normal while Lincolnshire Police investigated the matter concerning the accommodation site at Kisimul, which is an autism school for children with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour.

The school was rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted in 2016 and still currently has this rating. Its children’s home was recently inspected and rated as ‘Good’.

Kisimul issued the following statement: “It is not appropriate to comment at this stage while the police investigation is ongoing. The safety of the young people in our care is paramount and we are fully supporting the police’s investigation.”