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 (2018).

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
Designated Safeguarding Deputy
Anne Marshall
Designated Safeguarding Deputy


Click below to see our latest Safeguarding information poster:


Safeguarding Poster


Ascent Safeguarding Lead
Sharon Brown


Ascent Personal Development, Behaviour, Welfare and Attendance Lead
Shaun Ingyon
Ascent Trustee for LAC (Looked After Children) and PDBWA (Personal Development, Behaviour, Welfare and Attendance)
Roy Patel
Ascent Safeguarding Trustee
David Barker

Safeguarding Policies

September 2018 – Our Child Protection Policy is currently being reviewed.  During this time our existing Child Protection policy must be followed in conjunction with statutory guidance, to ensure that the welfare of students is paramount in all of our safeguarding arrangements.

Child Protection Policy


Useful links

*New Keeping Children Safe In Education Statutory Guidance – September 2018

Working together to safeguard children 2018

What to do if you think a child is being abused