George Dent Nursery



Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility. Within the Federation of Darlington Nursery Schools we are committed to building a ‘culture of safety’ in which children, young people and vulnerable adults are protected from abuse and harm in all areas of our service delivery. We strongly support policy and procedures that protect the health and happiness of children enabling them to participate in an enjoyable and safe environment and be protected from harm.

The Designated Safeguarding Lead for the Federation is Cheryl Theakston (Deputy Executive Head Teacher)

She can be contacted on 01325 380 802 or email

The Designated Teacher for Looked After and Previously Looked After Children is Helen Dummett (Executive Headteacher)

She can be contacted on 01325 380 785 or email  

We also have Designated Safeguarding Officers who are:

Helen Dummett (Executive Head Teacher)

Alison Whelan (Lead Teacher - Borough Road Nursery School)

Lisa McClean (L3 Practitioner - Borough Road Nursery School)

Katie Taylor (L3 Practitioner - George Dent Nursery School)

Joanne Rutherford (L1 Practitioner - George Dent Nursery School)

The NSPCC has lots of useful information around safeguarding and you can find their website here

Below you can read our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy in full, find details of Darlington Borough Council's Children's Access Point and also information about Operation Encompass, which supports children and young people affected in any way by domestic abuse.

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