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​​Tips for best practice

Safeguarding children is not just about referring them when you have concerns but is about changing the environment to ensure that risks to their welfare are minimised. These tips for best practice will help a dental practice to not only fulfil the responsibilities of current legislation and ethical guidance but also to take an active role in safeguarding children:

1. Identify a member of staff to take​ the lead on child protection​

2. Adopt a child protection policy

3. Work out a step-by-step guide of what to do if you have concerns

4. Follow best practice in record keeping

5. Undertake regular team training​​

6. Practice safe staff recruit​ment

Download a che​ck list​ to monitor your progress​​​​​​​​