Children's home manager bought child a TATTOO GUN

Children's home manager bought child a TATTOO GUN

EXCLUSIVE: Children’s home manager bought child a TATTOO GUN which they used to give another youngster a permanent inking – as one threatened staff with improvised flamethrower, Ofsted report reveals

  • The manager bought child tattoo gun that they used to permanently ink another
  • In another incident one created a homemade flamethrower to threaten staff
  • The children’s home is registered in Leicester but cannot be identified by name
  • Firm running it, A & R Guardian Services, did not respond to comment request

A children’s home has been ordered to improve after extraordinary failings saw a manager buying a tattoo gun for one child – which they used to permanently ink another – and staff being slow to stop a young resident making a flamethrower.

The centre, which cannot be named but is registered in Leicester, was today revealed to be the site of a series of worrying incidents.

At one point – just three months ago – staff were threatened by a child who had made his own weapon to menace them.

They had used an aerosol can and a cigarette lighter to fashion a homemade flamethrower.

In another troubling incident the home manager bought a tattoo gun for one of the children.

They then used it to permanently ink another child, despite the fact both were supposed to be under 2:1 supervision.

It is not known how many members of staff work at the home, but currently living there are two children. Stock picture. 

Details of the concerning problems have only been made public after inspectors from watchdog Ofsted published its findings in a harrowing report.

It makes grim reading for the company who runs it, A & R Guardian Services, who did not respond to a request to comment from MailOnline this morning.

Ofsted has now issued compliance notices against the home after its February investigation found it to be inadequate.

It said: ‘There are serious and widespread failures that mean children and young people are not protected or their welfare is not promoted or safeguarded and the care and experiences of children and young people are poor and they are not making progress.’

The details of the failings have only emerged today in an Ofsted report looking at the home

The home now has to improve in a raft of areas including ‘that, when the needs of children are not met by others, they effectively escalate their concerns’.

It is not known how many members of staff work at the home, but currently living there are two children. The name of the premises has not been released to protect their identities and locations.

The report said both children may have emotional and social difficulties.

It detailed: ‘Staff are slow to respond to challenging behaviours from children. As a result, children’s behaviours can quickly escalate.

‘Children and staff are then placed at increased risk. For example, in August 2022, staff were threatened when a child used a cigarette lighter, and an aerosol can as a weapon.

‘An earlier intervention from staff may have prevented this incident escalating. A failure to intervene compromised the safety of children and staff.’

The inspection disclosed children were also allowed to smoke, despite one having a medical condition that would be impacted by cigarettes.

It went someway to explain how one of the components for flamethrower threat was obtained.

The report added of the tattooing incident: ‘The supervision of children has been inadequate. There have been many incidents of children not being adequately supervised in line with their care plans.

‘For example, one child was able to give another child a permanent tattoo after the manager purchased a tattoo gun for the child. Both children were required to have 2:1 staff supervision.

‘Additionally, staff have failed to supervise children in line with their risk assessments. As a result, children have been harmed.’

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