County council investigates allegations that prostitutes visited home for disabled people

East Sussex County Council looks into claims about the Chaseley Nursing Home in Eastbourne

Chaseley Nursing Home
Chaseley Nursing Home

East Sussex County Council is investigating a charitable care home in Eastbourne for allegedly allowing prostitutes in for appointments with its disabled residents.

The council said it was looking into the Chaseley Nursing Home, run by the Chaseley Trust, which provides residential, respite and day care for people with severe physical disabilities.

Reports said that a red sock was placed on the door handle of a room set aside for the visits to alert staff that it was in use. Safety checks were made every 15 minutes to make sure the residents came to no harm and residents paid for the visits themselves.

A spokesman for East Sussex County Council said: "We plan to examine allegations of prostitutes going into a care home."

A multi-agency team, including the council, set up to protect the safety of vulnerable people, will investigate the allegations, he said.

"They will see if the allegations are true and whether or not there are any concerns surrounding them," the spokesman said.

Ian Macrae, editor of the website disability now, defended the right of disabled people to enjoy such visits.

"Disabled people have a right to spend the money the government gives them on whatever they like, including sex, but this does open up a wider debate about society’s attitude to sex and disabled people in general," he said.

Nobody at Chaseley Nursing Home was available for comment.

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