11 July 2020

A spokesperson for YMCA Heart of England said:

“We are aware of the incident that took place last night at a YMCA Heart of England housing scheme, The Vineyard in Erdington, Birmingham, where a child fell from a window of a second floor flat. Staff from the YMCA scheme next door attended the scene within minutes and offered our support to the family and everyone involved.

“Our heart goes out to the little boy’s family and our thoughts and prayers are with them.

“We are working with the West Midlands Police and will be carrying out our own investigation internally so that we fully understand what has taken place. YMCA Heart of England takes health and safety extremely seriously and our residents’ safety and welfare is central to everything we do.

“The Vineyard opened in May 2016 and meets or exceeds all relevant safety standards. We have a dedicated in-house team supported by external professionals to ensure that all of our properties are maintained to the highest standards.

“We will continue to offer support to the little boy’s family and to our staff and other residents who have been affected by this.”

If you need any other information about this please contact Jennie Evans, Head of Communications on jennie.evans@ymcaheartofengland.org.uk