Devon

Dame Hannah Rogers School reopens after 'safeguarding issue'

Dame Hannah Rogers School sign
Image caption The Dame Hannah Rogers School in Ivybridge has been closed for six weeks because of a "safeguarding issue"

A Devon school which has reopened after a safeguarding issue says demand on its services is continuing to grow.

Ofsted closed the Dame Hannah Rogers School in Ivybridge, which caters for profoundly disabled students, after its managing trust reported a potential safeguarding issue to the police.

A statement from the school said it was "delighted" children's services had now reopened.

The school currently has 24 young adults with residential placements.

It said it hoped to increase numbers in the new year.

'Little provision elsewhere'

Bronwen Hewitt, chief executive of Dame Hannah Rogers Trust, said: "We all recognise that the care provided by Hannah's is hugely important to the families we support.

"Demand for our services is growing all the time and, as we have seen over the last six weeks, there is very little provision available elsewhere.

"The police have confirmed their support and we expect an update from them very soon."

Ms Hewitt said the children's home would be opened on a "phased approach" which would be reviewed regularly, with a view to increasing the numbers in the future.

She said the school numbers were unaffected.

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