Street Lane Children’s Home was established in the early 1900s as a home for pauper children. Leeds City Council took over the responsibility of the home in 1930. The home was split into three buildings: Devonshire House, Margaret Home and Central Home (which later became known as Alverton Home).
In the 1950s Devonshire House and Margaret Home became short stay homes for boys and girls, and Central Home became the reception centre. The home finally closed in May 1983. There have been a number of allegations of abuse at the home.
In April 2017, John Foremen who worked as a houseparent at the home in the 1970’s was convicted of serious sexual offences committed against boys at the home including 14 offences of indecent assault. Foreman was sentenced to 21 years and 8 months in prison.
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