OUT-OF-CONTROL teenagers played bizarre games of cat and mouse with staff at a children’s care home which has now been shut down by Ofsted, we reveal today.

The shocking prank in which the children’s objective was to get their carers lost was among a series of issues revealed in an investigation by The Oldham Times in the modern detached house in Fraser Street.

We have compiled a dossier of problems and handed it to Oldham Council and owner of the property, The Cambian Group, which also runs other children’s homes in Oldham.

Ofsted carried out an inspection on July 9 and 10 at the end of which children from Fraser Street were moved to another location after the home “resigned its registration”, a spokesperson has confirmed.

The Government’s education watchdog has not specified why the action was taken but our source provided damning insight.

This included details of how a carer took two children for a drive with the children dictating the direction the carer went in. The carer then had to find their way back to the home.

The child took the carer to an address where she said she had a relative. The home had no record of this address.

Our dossier said: “The child got out of the car and knocked on the door leaving the carer with another child. This address could have been anyone.

“There were no repercussions for the child or assessment of the game being unsuitable. “Social services claimed they were unaware of this game.”

Other issues highlighted in the dossier included children allowed on their phone for social media 24-hours a day with no monitoring as to who they are contacting.

And in one instance, the home requested permission for social services to buy a 15-year-old child an e,cigarette which was illegal.

The dossier went on: “This was authorised by a senior social worker and no consultation was made with the child’s family.

“The child was then able to smoke the e.cigarette in the children’s home. The child has a medical history of asthma which wasn’t checked.

“No checks made on clinical evidence of the effects on e,cigarettes, no medical advice taken.”

After being contacted by The Oldham Times, Cllr Amanda Chadderton, cabinet member for children’s services, said: “Our priority when we were informed about this closure by Ofsted was to immediately find alternative and appropriate living arrangements, with the least disruption, for the young people who lived there.

“All were successfully moved on the same day and we’re continuing to work hard to ensure they get the stability and support they need.

“We are fully aware of concerns that were raised and immediately investigated them.

“We took prompt and appropriate action to safeguard this young person and other residents. However, we cannot comment further on individual cases – or the investigation – at this stage.

“We are in the process of reviewing our children’s residential care strategy and will take the quality of all current provision into account.”

As well as its facilities in Oldham, Cambian provides specialist services to almost 2,000 children and young people from 224 locations across the UK at 37 schools, 179 specialist care homes, and eight fostering offices.

A spokesman said the reported incidents were “not the standard of care that we would wish to be associated with.

He went on: ““We take these allegations extremely seriously and have instigated a full independent enquiry to understand them and to then be able to take appropriate action.

“We intend to work with Oldham Council to reopen this home and provide a standard of care for young people that we would expect.”

In 2006, Oldham Council received 74 letters of objection and residents disrupted a meeting after planners backed the controversial scheme to convert the Fraser Street property into a home for six children.