BREAKING: Day care centre manager guilty of neglect

BREAKING: Day care centre manager guilty of neglect

By David Parker | 22/12/2020

BREAKING: Day care centre manager guilty of neglect
Barbara Sykes arriving at Sheffield Crown Court


A DAY care centre manager who mistreated disabled clients and bullied her staff has been found guilty of neglect.

Barbara Sykes, who was described as behaving like a sergeant major while she ran the Reach Day Centre, was convicted by a jury at Sheffield Crown Court today (Tuesday) following a five-week trial.

She was convicted of five counts of ill-treatment of a person by a care worker and cleared of seven further counts of the same offence.

Sykes (64), of Church Street, Rawmarsh, neglected clients while she was manager of Reach Day Centre between 2008 and 2017.

The centre, based at the Elliott Centre on Badsley Moor Lane, is operated by Rotherham Council and provides therapeutic activities and care for adults with learning difficulties and behavioural issues.

Sykes was said by the prosecution to have bullied and belittled her staff and punished clients by putting them in the garden or by denying them food.

Julie Paul-Slack

Her deputy manager, Julie Paul-Slack (56), of Middle Lane, Clifton, was convicted of one count of wilful neglect and cleared of ill-treatment.

Sykes and Paul-Slack were released on bail and are due to be sentenced on March 19.

For more on this story, see tomorrow's Rotherham Advertiser.

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