Kisimul Workers Comments-200,000 a year ‘education’-No Regulation.

So how do we find out what is provided in our £200,000 a year per pupil enforced residential schools ?

OFTED reports ? Kisimul was rated ‘outstanding’ by them, only months before one of their school homes, housing 47 pupils was closed on ‘safeguarding issues and 8 workers arrested.
https://finolamoss.wordpress.com/2019/01/10/kisimul-the-safe-haven-sold-to-roadchef-for-200-million-venture-capitals-bonanza-on-la-nhs-special-needs-education-and-care-money/
Where were the CQC regulators ‘?

It appears all that were inspected were rated good, worryingly 2 appear never to have been inspected despite the money paid for their services and the vulnerability of the customers.
https://www.cqc.org.uk/provider/1-101668127

Kingdom House, where Thomas Rawnsley died had not been inspected before he was ordered there in his best interests by the Court of Protection, services commissioned and paid for – over £6,000 a week by LA/NHS and his mother gagged from disclosing these services.

My daughters Robert Ogden school was rated outstanding by OFSTED, the year of her 48, bruise restraint, not even mentioned at her education review the afternoon after it happened, nor her emaciated body and her lack of hair from pulling it out.
https://finolamoss.wordpress.com/2015/08/10/2011-2012-issy-in-her-national-autistic-school-48-bruises-impaction/

My cries to the then Care Minister were ignored.
https://finolamoss.wordpress.com/2014/11/21/email-sent-to-norman-lamb-care-minster-in-february-2013-and-his-reply/

So what can a parent do even when their child is actually being physically and mentally abused let alone failing to be taught anything?

Complain to the LA Commissioners, who are liable for these services ?

We did and our complaints were stopped by the same LAs s48 MCA application and had Issy been under 18 by an application for an Interim Care Order which had already forced her into the school at 10, despite no assessment and her regression/behaviour being caused by a severe facial impaction, such is the LA’s push towards then £177,000 a year residential schools.

Paula Rawnsley did several times the last meeting two weeks before he died resulting in a court gag obtained by the LA commissioners

So parents have no rights nor pupils a voice and OFTSTED/CQC are clearly inadequate.
The only way we can glean a little of Kisimul’s three Eton cost services is from those that work for them on recruitment internet sites.

Maybe the LA/ OFSTED/CQG should do the same before they pay KISMUL millions to educate and care for our most vulnerable.

Great job… shame about the management style
Residential Support Worker (Former Employee) – Retford, Nottinghamshire – 20 January 2018
The job itself is brilliant and rewarding, working with residents in their daily life and promoting their independence- where possible… unfortunately you rarely have enough staff to run a shift to minimum ratios and it can quickly become dangerous for staff and residents there. The management style definitely seemed to be a case of “if your face fits” but if it doesn’t then they won’t help you develop or progress in your role
Pros
Free lunch, rewarding
Cons
Long hours, no breaks, lack of support

Horrendous
General dogs body (Current Employee) – Lincoln, Lincolnshire – 28 December 2018
What to say about The residential side at Ancaica Hall.
The young people are absolutely brilliant, can be very challenging but it is worth struggling through the bad days because the good days are amazing.

Unfortunately 70% off the staff on the residential side follow a bully/intimidation culture, this is aimed at the pupils as well as other staff members who actually care.

At least 80% of the pupils have been verbally abused or physically hurt by said 70% of bad staff members. (This occurs on a daily basis).

Staff have reported these incidents, staff have blown the whistle, pupils themselves have told management what’s happened to them YET the bad staff are still working with these vulnerable pupils and get away with it!!

Yet the staff who report what they see (the correct thing to do) get penalised, punished and some have even left as there working life has been made so bad. This is making other staff fear blowing the whistle as it is not confidential at all.

Management are horrendous, incompetent, clueless and are good at brushing the bad stuff under the carpet. Nothing is confidential in this place, team leaders & deputy team leaders have got management wrapped around there little fingers so if you have a complaint about any of them they will find out and you will be penalised.

Thankfully the 30% of staff that I myself am in do everything we can for the pupils, we go above and beyond for them and genuinely care for them!!
Fun if you’re up for a challenge.
RSW (Former Employee) – Acacia Hall – 30 November 2018
I worked at Acacia for almost 10 years and absolutely loved my job there. No, the working hours aren’t great and perhaps the company do only treat staff as a number but if you really care about the residents then all of that becomes slightly less relevant.
I found it to be a hugely rewarding job (not necessarily from a financial point of view) but in the respect that you are privileged enough to work with some truly incredible young people and are able to help them along their journey into adulthood.
From my personal experience the majority of staff support and help each other as much as possible and for the most part I found it a really pleasant environment to work in.

Being short staffed was often an issue but I believe it to be the same amongst a lot of similar establishments.
I see from reading other reviews that not everyone shares my positive opinion but i hope it doesn’t deter people from wanting to work there.
The residents at Kisimul need and fully deserve to have caring, dedicated & resilient staff members to look after them.
I’d recommend working here to anyone with a big heart and lots of patience!
Steer well clear from this company!!
Support Worker (Former Employee) – Lincolnshire – 2 November 2018
Kisimul care about one thing and one thing only, money.
They are a company driven by greed, their ethos is expand quick and sell for bigger despite not being able to provide staff.
They have a complete disregard for their employees, I have never felt so worthless in a job.
The environment is incredibly high risk, Kisimul take on some pupils which are so complex and challenging that they need intervention from mental health professionals, not minimum wage healthcare support workers.

Due to the complexity of some pupils their needs are not provided for at Kisimul, however they are worth more money to the company!

Staff injuries are very high and low staffing levels also contributes to this.

Kisimul has an incredibly high staff turn over – despite what they say on their front cover! Low staffing levels has led to poor quality of care being provided to the pupils.
Concerns that are raised are quickly brushed under the carpet by upper management.
The pay does not reflect the daily risk the staff undertake.

They offer ZERO staff incentives/benefits

Don’t let this company pull the wool over your eyes, their prospectus is full of lies.
Pros
Good training and NVQ
Cons
A list as long as your arm

Rewarding job
Support worker full time (Current Employee) – Lincolnshire – 22 October 2018
The job is extremely rewarding, it is fantastic to see the impact you can have on an individuals life and how you can improve their independence and skills. Within the company, they are plenty of opportunities to progress and develop, from RSW to manager. The hours can be long but that is to be expected in a job where you are supporting individuals with such varying needs and levels of support and each day can be different. The staff turn over is sometimes high but again, this job can be challenging and it can take people time to find their feet however once they do, the impact they can have on an individual is extremely positive.
Pros
Very rewarding
Cons
Long hours

Not a good place to work
Rsw (Former Employee) – Swinderby, Lincolnshire – 30 August 2018
When I first started at Kisimul I enjoyed my time there, then once I got to know the staff they were horrible.managers not bothered with your safety, HR are useless not concerned with your health and well being, considering they look after kids with mental heath there not concerned with the staffs.

Staff will gang up on you and make up stuff to get you in trouble, worst job I have ever had !!!
Pros
Salary not bad
Cons
Getting hit, bit, staff gossiping, managers don’t support you
Disgusting doscriminating managememt
Applicant for a support position (Former Employee) – Cruckton – 11 June 2018
I’ve awful experience with this company. Applied for a job, wemt on an interview, had a call after the interview that I got the job after a week I met the childten. An obnoxious deputy manager in scruffy appearance pretended he knew everything
He nevet introfuced me to the kids was chatting on his mobile all the time entirely disengaged with the job no communication 0 professionsllism. Two days later they called me I was unsuccessful without any reason or explanation. The manager lady of the branch seems uninterested in what she is doing annoyed she never smiles.
The question is whst the CQC is doing to imptove such places. For Gpd sake these companies are responsible for vulnerable individuals.

Kids are great but the company is awful.
Teaching Assistant (Former Employee) – Surrey – 24 May 2018
I worked for the kisimul group for 3 years. At the beginning I really enjoyed the challenge but It soon turns bad don’t work for them you will just end up levelling.

The person who wrote the good review must be a manager or HR for the company. Don’t believe
Pros
Can’t think of one
Cons
Do many

Worse Company I’ve ever worked for.
Residential Support Worker (Former Employee) – Gainsborough – 3 April 2018
The job itself can be challenging but also rewarding. The problem lies within the Management of the Company and the lack of thought for the Staffs well being. Staff levels are low and there is a high turnover in Staff which is completely understandable. Staff are often left in dangerous situations unsupported and are then made to work 13 hour shifts. There are many concerns about the way the Company is run but the bottom line is.. if you’re a Support Worker you don’t matter and you’re expected to do so much on a poor wage whilst the Company is profiting in the millions. Very unfortunate.
Pros
None
Cons
Long hours, poor management, run by greed.

13 hour days, training done on your days off and little support whilst at work
Support Worker (Former Employee) – Market Rasen, Lincolnshire – 15 February 2018
Little of what you learn on your training days was put into practice. Breaks only seemed to apply to staff who smoke. The ratio of the number of staff needed to care for individual residents were not stuck to at all. A truly awful place to work, which is terrible considering the residents need the best of professional care.
Pros
none
Cons
long hours, no breaks and badly staffed (quick turnover of staff says a lot about working for this company)) .

Awful Managment, not enough staff
Teaching Assistant (Former Employee) – Swinderby, Lincolnshire – 25 January 2018
Staffing is absolutely horrendous, staff getting hurt kids getting hurt by kids, bringing in new staff that have no idea, you voice your concerns and no one listens your just told to get on with it.
Loved working with the kids and miss them dearly but management is awful and they don’t care what’s best for the kids its all about their money

Poor upper management
Support Worker (Former Employee) – Lincolnshire – 24 January 2018
There has been lots of changes over the last year and the introduction of 3 area managers was by far the worst management decision yet. Out of the 3 one already walked and the other 2 are barely surviving and are slowly destroying the reputation of Kisimul most of the managers have left or are leaving and the only ones left are new and full of themselves. It’s a disaster and it is a shame as it used to be a good company to work for. Now it’s a horrible.
Pros
Residents are fun. Teams can be good.
Cons
Terrible management all over
Disorganised confused service @
Support Worker/Carer (Former Employee) – Yaxley, Cambridgeshire – 15 January 2018
The tenants are amazing however are sadly let down by poor management and bad staffing choices.
There seems to more of a focus on what’s the latest gossip on site rather than what’s best for the tenants.
If you can handle long days with no breaks, lack of respect and care and continuous phone calls when your on your days off then go for it.
I could go on…
This is not a company you feel proud to work for!
Pros
Zero
Cons
Long hours, no breaks, no staff support, poor staffing choices, i rule for one and one for another

Great job… shame about the management style
Residential Support Worker (Former Employee) – Retford, Nottinghamshire – 20 January 2018
The job itself is brilliant and rewarding, working with residents in their daily life and promoting their independence- where possible… unfortunately you rarely have enough staff to run a shift to minimum ratios and it can quickly become dangerous for staff and residents there. The management style definitely seemed to be a case of “if your face fits” but if it doesn’t then they won’t help you develop or progress in your role
Pros
Free lunch, rewarding
Cons
Long hours, no breaks, lack of support
Great residents, no staff support and lack of staffing.

Night Care Assistant (Former Employee) – Peterborough, Cambridgeshire – 14 January 2018
Loved working with the residents but they can be very dangerous at times and with lack of staff it’s very hard to keep control of the situation without getting hurt.
No manager as they had also left, area manager not very supportive with homelife.
Good job to work in if staff levels were higher and a little more support.

Great kids but dangerous workplace and terrible salary
Residential Support Worker (Former Employee) – Acacia Hall – 23 May 2017
The kids are great to work with but do not get the care and attention they need due to lack of staff. And there is a lack of staff due to the horrendous pay to work in such dangerous conditions and with such dangerous children.
https://www.indeed.co.uk/cmp/Kisimul-Group-Limited/reviews
“Stay away from this company!!!!”
Current Employee – Support Worker in Lincoln, England
Doesn’t Recommend
Negative Outlook
I have been working at Kisimul Group full-time (More than 3 years)
Pros
Good training provided
Level 3 NVQ
Cons
Low staffing levels leading to poor quality care provided.
Staffing levels faked when there is an Ofsted inspection.
Concerns raised are brushed under the carpet by upper management.
Very high risk environment.
Some pupils are so challenging/complex that they need the intervention of mental health professionals… not healthcare support workers on a minimum wage.
Upper management has a total disregard for staff. You will be made to feel worthless.
Pay does not reflect the risk.
No staff incentives/benefits
Low staff moral
Greedy and purely money driven.
Kisimuls prospectus is filled with lies.
Advice to Management
You need to change something, otherwise you will lose everything. Take these reviews as a lesson instead of just having them deleted or making upper management leave fake ones!

Doesn’t Recommend
The Worse Company I’ve Ever Worked For January 2018
Negative Outlook
I worked at Kisimul Group full-time
Pros
Good staff training and NVQ
Cons
Long hours, poor management, staff shortages, high staff turnover, staffs well-being is neglected, poor pay for what is expected of Staff, poor service.
Advice to Management
Pay staff better and care about their well-being. Stop running by greed and start caring.
https://www.glassdoor.co.uk/Reviews/Employee-Review-Kisimul-Group-RVW18843279.htm

AS revealed july no prosecutions where does this leave accountability all continues for profit
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lincolnshire-48927815?fbclid=IwAR2NN_oCMW4prNYuWCqFYTYn5v6JnUps9vJBp_uHKRwPykX3KqNi8cs3fpo

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Kisimul ‘The Safe Haven’ sold to Roadchef for 200 million.Venture Capital’s bonanza on LA/NHS special needs education and care money.

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Whilst Thatcher sold our silver, successive governments have sold our gold, bankrupting our country, LA and NHS, by selling off public services and then paying public money to use them, one of the biggest money spinners includes the care and education of the deliberately created autism and LD industry, making billions for investors, banks, investment houses and advisors.

It appears the eventual aim is to allow monopoly global mulinationals owned by venture capital banks and their investors to provide services paid for by the public purse.

This allows neither competition between providers, nor any real accountability, asset stripping at will, and a massive conflict of interests, as these Companies’ overriding duty is to make ever more profit from their guaranteed increasing public income from their captive consumers.

Who could have thought that 4 Kisimul special needs boarding schools in Lincolnshire could be sold last year by a multibillion pound investment group Antin to Roadchef for 200 million with Shoosmiths investment advisers paid to advise shareholders .

What would Roadchef know of running special needs schools ? They have no need to, just the money to buy them.

Kisimul School was set up in 1977, named after Kismul Castle, as it overlooks the safest harbour in Britain denoting the safe haven it offered to autistic and learning disabled children on their journey through life.. https://www.kisimul.co.uk/about-us/

In 2003 Kisimul Upper School post 16 facility was built at the request of several LAs to provide residential placements and then on a similar basis Cruckton Hall for boys with ADHD, Aspergers and ADD was built as as labels increased, so did demand.

Billions were then paid by 30 different Local Authorities, NHS/CCGs and Education Authorities to Kisimul for these residential placements..

Generally a minimum of £177,000 a year per pupil was paid for a 52 week placement in 2007 ,the amount NAS was paid for my daughter’s enforced education and care, despite a third of the year being spent at home.

Now over £200,000 is paid per year, per pupil, twothirds by LAs who on the excuse of austerity have cut down SEN funding.

Kisimul’s consumers are captive, as their 38/52 week placements are enforced by Care Order or forced s20 CA ‘consent ’which is a prerequisite to funding, as it was in my daughters case.

So who or how could anyone complain of the school’s services ?.

By 2006 Kisimul’s 270 staff and over 30 LA customers were bought up by Bowmark Capital Limited for 8.5 million, together with its existing management team , which then had plans to expand and develop their services throughout the East Midlands to take advantage of the growing demand.
https://www.bowmark.com/news/1025068/bowmark-capital-announces-acquisition-kisimul

The Royal Bank of Scotland provided the senior debt facility shortly before it was bailed out by the public purse.

But by 2011 Rothschild Five Arrows invest unit, had seen Kisimul’s potential with revenues of 38.29 million and profit of 7.45 million by 2015 and had bought it for an undisclosed amount.

Rothschild also bought out Kisimul’s existing management team indicating Kisimul might no longer be the ‘safe haven’ promised.

By the summer of 2017 Antin Infrastructure Group had bought Kismul from Rothschild’s investment arm Five Arrows.

https://www.penews.com/articles/education-speciai-needs-children-kisimul-20170703

In 2017 Bowmark owned by Five Arrows Principle Investments , the private equity arm of the Rothschild dynasty, tried to buy back Kisimul for 200 million-191,500 million more than they had sold it for just over 10 years earlier.

Private Equity News commented on their bid.
Bowmark’s decision to try and repurchase an asset it has already owned comes as firms are having to become increasingly inventive to deploy capital in a fiercely competitive deal market’.

Antin declined to comment on the eventual sale to Roadchef and the actual amount paid remains unknown, yet its value was made and its future income is from our public money.

Antin’s partner Angelika Schochlin noted her surprise that so few investors were looking at social infrastructure stating the need ‘to go beyond a reactive approach and have a vision of things before they happen’

ie forsee that these schools command 200,000 a year per pupil and feed and could provide ‘community living’ for life for these pupils under DOLs ( soon liberty safeguards)with guaranteed millions of increasing public money with scant oversight from LA/NHS commissioners, as they are liable for any inadequacy.

With little regulation other than a government controlled bureaucratic inspection from OFSTED and the CQC,

Antin has grown from 30 to over a 100 Investment directors paid between £98,000 and £334,000 a year

https://www.fnlondon.com/articles/antin-infrastructure-to-expand-team-20140922IN

Its CEO, Alain Rauscher has an estimated annual revenue of 55 million dollars
https://www.owler.com/company/antin-iphttps://www.owler.com/company/antin-ip

Antin owns another group of residential schools for special needs mainly autistic,Hesley North in its portfolio, although they were to be sold to Bowmark in 2012 for 75 million, but the sale fell through.
https://www.ft.com/content/f6270600-c051-11e1-982d-00144feabdc0

Private Equity News notes;
Buyout houses globally are currently sitting on a record $1.5 trillion of dry powder, according to Bain & Co.’s Global Private Equity Report 2017.

So how many other special residential schools with the lucrative prospect of ‘community living’ for life will be guzzled up for billions to make trillions from public money?

There are many ripe for venture capital picking, particularly those in the charitable sector, like St Andrews Healthcare, the largest provision for 12-18 autistic and learning disabled in Europe, NAS,and MENCAP.

But we will not know their commercial worth, even though made from our public money, unless we follow the hidden by paywall, and commercial confidential world of corporate finance and investment.

Yet these venture capital cartels are playing billion pound monopoly with profits made from our money paid for our childrens education and future lives .

These children’s journey as commodities for venture capital buyers and investors will also remain unseen.

We have been allowed to see a little of their journey in November 2018 as 3 and now 8 members of staff have been arrested at one of the homes due to serious safeguarding issues.

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/crime/eight-arrests-kisimul-children-s-home-lincolnshire-1-5848916

Yet KISIMUL was rated outstanding by OFSTED this year.