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Four women released during York nursery investigation

City of York Council

9:57am 24th January 2012

Statement on joint investigation between City of York Safeguarding Children Board, City of York Council, North Yorkshire Police and Ofsted:

Four women who were arrested in connection with an investigation into two nurseries in York have been released without further police action.

The women had been on police bail as City of York Safeguarding Children Board (CYSCB), City of York Council, North Yorkshire Police and Ofsted, conducted a joint investigation after concerns were raised about the quality of care and the welfare of the children at Heworth House and Little Joe’s day nurseries.

The agencies involved have a duty to investigate when any concerns are raised for the welfare of children.

A file was prepared for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), who, after considering the evidence, advised that no further action should be taken.

CYSCB, City of York Council, North Yorkshire Police and Ofsted would like to thank the parents of the children and the staff at both nurseries for their patience and understanding during what was a very sensitive investigation. They have been informed of the CPS’s decision.

Although criminal proceedings have now been completed Ofsted, Early Years and the CYSCB are continuing to investigate the allegations and as such the four women remain suspended from their duties.

The ‘ Welfare Requirement Notice’ issued by Ofsted in respect of all four nurseries owned by the same management, Little Joes, Heworth House, Askham Bar Day Nursery and Heworth Green Day Nursery, has been met.

In light of the ongoing investigation, it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.

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