Needlewood Assessment Centre was a home at which children were temporarily placed for assessment before being allocated to a more permanent placement such as a foster home or children’s home. The centre was run by Barnsley Borough Council and eventually closed down in 2007.
Alan Bennett was in charge of the home for a number of years during the 1970s and 1980s, and was convicted in 2003 of 2 serious sex assaults and 8 indecent assaults. Originally sentenced to 11 years, this was reduced in 2005 to 8 years. He was 64 at the time of his conviction.
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