“The arrangements for safeguarding are effective. Staff understand that they all have a role to play in keeping pupils safe. There is a whole-school focus on pupil well-being. Staff receive a high level of safeguarding training and can identify signs of neglect or abuse. They report all concerns to ensure that help can be arranged if it is required” Ofsted


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 reflects this and is in line with Durham Safeguarding Children Partnership guidelines and Keeping Children Safe in Education


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

The safeguarding of our young people is of paramount importance to us, particularly taking into consideration their complex additional needs. Students are supported by a range of specialist staff within the academy and externally we liaise with a range of professionals including CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health), Durham Safeguarding Children Partnership, Virtual School, Health professionals and Children’s Services to ensure that our young people feel safe and are protected from harm.


Designated Officers

Faye Spanton
Designated Safeguarding Lead
Sally Cave
Behaviour Manager & Designated Safeguarding Deputy
Anne Marshall
Designated Safeguarding Deputy
Adele Pearson
Designated Safeguarding Deputy

Ascent Safeguarding Lead

Sharon Common


Trustee for Safeguarding

Lynn Watson


Safeguarding Policies

Safeguarding Policies can be found on our Policies page by clicking the link below.



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