AN investigation has been launched into an alleged assault on a girl in an Oldham children’s home – believed to have been filmed on a phone by a boy

resident.

The female child at Rivendell House, off Burnley Road, could not get a response to a 24-hour social service number and called police, The Oldham Times has been told.

On week commencing Monday, July 22, we understand two managerial social workers were suspended following discussions surrounding previous problems at Rivendell House.

It is believed social services managers had to staff the facility, following the suspension of several staff. Social workers staffing the home were instructed they had to be in pairs when alone with children.

According to Cllr Amanda Chadderton, Oldham Council’s cabinet member for children’s services, Rivendell House has now closed, saying: “We are fully aware of the allegations and an investigation is taking place.”

She went on: “Outstanding work to refurbish the building was originally planned and we have taken the decision to carry out this work at this time.

“All residents have been moved into alternative and suitable accommodation while this work takes place.

“We cannot comment further on individual cases – or the investigation – at this stage.”

In July last year, an investigation by The Oldham Times and subsequent presentation of a dossier on an Oldham council children’s home at Fraser Street, run by the Cambian Group, closed after an Ofsted report.

At the time, the council promised an “immediate review” of all children’s services.

The Ofsted inspection at Fraser Street took place on July 9 -10 last year and residents were moved on the 10th.

The Cambian Group resigned its registration of the home.