Overview of the home

Belford is a large detached home located near to the city centre of Sunderland. Registered with Ofsted (SC416136), the home can accommodate up to five young people, who have a diagnosis of autism and/or learning disability.

Welcome from the Registered Manager

Sharon Robinson

Having commenced employment with North East Autism Society 30 years ago I have worked in a wide range of the homes that the Society offers. I initially began my career with NEAS at Carley Hill, before moving to Thornhill in 2007. With Belford Terrace opening in November 2010 I moved to Belford, taking on the role of Registered Manager in August 2011.


  • Level 3 - Children and Young Peoples Workforce Diploma
  • NVQ 4 – Health and Social Care children and young people.
  • Level 5 - Diploma in Health and Social Care
  • Safe Handling of Medication
What our parents say…

The boy you have with you today is a very different boy that walked through the door when first coming to Belford. We were all in a bad place and, honestly, at that point I could not see a way out. Belford quite simply rescued us!

What our young people say… 

I feel I am listened too and can talk to the management or staff team.

What professionals say...

The care provided by the professional staff team at Belford provides the structure to allow the young people to express themselves safely. The young people are is listened too and their wishes are reflected.

Statement of Purpose 

A Statement of Purpose provides an overview of Belford. It is our statutory duty to produce this document under the Care Standards Act 2000 and Children’s Homes Regulations 2015, but we hope it will also provide you with some useful information about what we do.

Belford Statement of Purpose