Overview of the home

Wallingford is a large semi-detached family home located near to the city centre of Sunderland. Registered with Ofsted (SC446957), the home can accommodate up to four young people, who have a diagnosis of autism and/or learning disability.

Welcome from the Registered Manager

Deborah Fleetham

Deborah has worked in a variety of settings since 1998 supporting vulnerable people including elderly, autistic adults and associated learning disabilities, complex mental and physical health issues in both a hospital, residential and supported living settings.


  • Level 5 diploma in leadership for health and social care in children and young people’s services (England)
  • BSc (Hons) degree in applied science and forensic measurement 
  • Level 4 in Health and Safety 
  • Makaton 
  • Level 3 Health and Social Care 
  • 3 day appointed person first aid
What out young people say...

I like being at Wallingford because it makes me feel safe.

What our parents say...

Communication from Wallingford is fantastic and between school and the home too. I have seen Bradley with his staff, and it is such a loving, natural, and fun relationship. They staff do a fantastic job!

What social workers say...

Logan is an extremely complex young man who has experienced childhood trauma and has had a very unsettled year previous to taking his placement in Wallingford. We were very worried about further changes for Logan, but he settled into his new home very quickly. Logan is very happy and content he is well supported, and this is a successful placement.

Statement of Purpose

A Statement of Purpose provides an overview of Wallingford. 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.

Wallingford's Statement of Purpose