Portland Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of its students. We expect all staff and volunteers to share in this commitment. Our Recruitment and Selection Policy reflects this and is in line with Sunderland SCP guidelines and Keeping Children Safe in Education (2021).

Safeguarding concerns are handled sensitively and professionally by appropriately trained, designated staff who are committed to supporting student well-being. The safeguarding of our students 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 Children and Young People’s Service (CYPS), Intensive Positive Behavioural Service (IPBS), Community Treatment Team (CTT), health professionals and Social Care to ensure that our students feel safe and are protected from harm.

Designated Officers

Chris Kemp

Designated Safeguarding Lead

Karen Hart

Designated Safeguarding Deputy

Martin Hope

Designated Safeguarding Deputy

Steve Murphy

Designated Safeguarding Deputy

Ascent Safeguarding Lead

Sharon Common


Ascent Trustee for LAC (Looked After Children) and PDBWA (Personal Development, Behaviour, Welfare and Attendance)

Lynn Watson


Ascent Trustee for Safeguarding

Lynn Watson