Hope Wood Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of its students and young people.  We expect all staff and volunteers to share in this commitment.  Our Recruitment and Selection Policy (currently under review) reflects this and is in line with Local SCB guidelines and Keeping Children Safe in Education (2016).

Safeguarding concerns are handled sensitively and professionally by appropriately trained, designated staff who are committed to supporting student well-being.

The safeguarding of our young people is of paramount importance to us, particularly taking into consideration their complex additional needs.  This means that sometimes their behaviours can be misunderstood and misinterpreted by those around them.  We work closely as a team which includes our SENCO (Special Education Needs Coordinator), specialist SALTs (Speech and Language Therapists), Occupational Therapists, Educational Psychologist and a range of other specially trained staff.

Externally we liaise with a range of professionals including CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health),  Durham LSCB (Local Safeguarding Children Board), Virtual School, Health professionals and Children’s Services to ensure that our young people feel safe and are protected from harm.

Designated Officers


Samantha Little
Designated Safeguarding Lead
Carolyn Bird
Designated Safeguarding Deputy
Sally Walton

Anne Marshall

Designated Safeguarding Deputy
Designated Safeguarding Deputy


Click below to see our latest Safeguarding information poster:

Link to Safeguarding Poster



Ascent Safeguarding Lead
Sharon Brown

Ascent Safeguarding Trustee

Mr Roy Patel

Safeguarding Policies

Child Protection Policy

Useful links

*New Keeping Children Safe In Education Statutory Guidance – September 2016

Working together to safeguard children March 2015

What to do if you think a child is being abused