The Aycliffe Centre became the subject of investigations over allegations of physical abuse and brutality. The allegations relate primarily to a period between the 1980s and 1990s. Many former residents came forward with allegations of harsh physical treatment. A Government report from the early 1990s was critical of the regime in place at the time.
In 2001 as a consequence of a police investigation, one former member of staff, who worked as a housemaster, was convicted of sexual abuse and offences that related to children under his care at the Aycliffe Centre.
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