An investigation into claims of physical abuse of pupils at a Fraserburgh special school has been launched by Police Scotland.
Parents of Westfield School pupils were informed of the allegations in a letter from officials at the education department of Aberdeenshire Council.
It is understood that three members of school staff have been told to stay away from work - but not formally suspended - while the investigation takes place.
In a statement from Police Sccotland, a spokesperson said: “Police Scotland can confirm that it is conducting an investigation following complaints received of allegations of physical abuse of children at Westfield School in Fraserburgh.
“Police are working closely with colleagues from Aberdeenshire Council and the Care Inspectorate to safeguard the well-being of children at the school.”
Meanwhile, Aberdeenshire Council is also carrying out its own investigation into the abuse claims.
An Aberdeenshire Council spokesman said: “We are co-operating fully with Police Scotland as they conduct their investigation into these serious allegations regarding Westfield School.
“This is understandably a worrying time for staff, pupils, parents and carers and we are providing support to the school while the investigation takes place.
“As this is a live investigation it would be inappropriate for us to comment any further at this time.”
Westfield School currently has 50 pupils from as young as six weeks old.