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Third Castlebeck Service to close after safeguarding failings

A third Castlebeck learning disability service is set to close later this month.

Castlebeck agreed to close Arden Vale in Solihull after the Care Quality Commission (CQC) identified serious failings and served a legal notice.

The decision follows the closure of Winterbourne View which was exposed by Panorama, and Rose Villa in Bristol last month.

The home will close on 25 August.

Andrea Gordon, CQC's regional director for the West and East Midlands, said: "The CQC raised serious concerns about the care provided at Arden Vale and demanded improvements.  When we did not see evidence of these improvements, we took action to protect people by initiating the legal process required to close a service.

"Throughout, the CQC has been working closely with the local safeguarding authority and the organisations paying for ythe care of people at Arden Vale to ensure that people living at the service are safe."

Castlebeck chief executive Lee Reed said it was working to ensure there was "minimum disruption" to the care of Arden Vale's residents.

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Last Updated : 18 August 2011. Page Author: Laura Bimpson.