South Yorkshire Police revealed last week that investigations into alleged wrongdoings at Cherry Trees Care Home, Lundwood, were stopped, citing ‘insufficient evidence’.
In June images were shared to social media which appeared to show the alleged abuse, and the public was made aware of a group chat between the carers.
Seven women were arrested in connection to the abuse, however police have since confirmed that no action will be taken against them due to a lack of evidence.
Coun Jenny Platts, cabinet spokesperson for adults and communities for Barnsley Council, said the local authority will be working closely with residents’ families to discuss their concerns about the alleged abuse.
She said: “Now that South Yorkshire Police has concluded its investigation, our adult social care service can start safeguarding procedures. As part of our procedures, we will be contacting each resident and their family to discuss their concerns regarding abuse.
“I want to reassure residents and their families that we’ll work with them and our partners to look at how best to respond to their safeguarding situation in a way that enhances their involvement, choice and control as well as improving their quality of life, well-being and safety.
“Our priority is ensuring the safety and well-being of our vulnerable residents, and we know that this incident is not representative of the support that is provided by carers throughout care homes in Barnsley.
“However, abuse is something that we’ll not tolerate in Barnsley. Everyone should expect that family members in care settings are being looked after in the best possible way, and this is what we expect as a council.”
A spokesperson for South Yorkshire Police said: “Although the photos are both inappropriate and unprofessional, extensive enquiries conducted by our officers found that there is not sufficient evidence to support a criminal prosecution.
“All families involved have continually been kept updated and have now been informed of the outcome. As the criminal investigation will now be closed, no further police action will be taken against the seven carers arrested.
“However, the carers remain suspended from work, and the matter will continue to be investigated by the care provider, Barnsley Council and the Independent Care Home Inspectors CQC.”
If you know or suspect that an adult is being abused, harmed, or neglected in their own home, care home, and hospital contact the Barnsley Council safeguarding team on 773300.