Internet Explorer and Edge browser users:
To download Word, Excel or PowerPoint files please right-click on the file you wish to download, and select 'Save target as...'


Members of the dental team are in a position where they may identify the signs of child abuse or neglect or hear something that causes them concern about a child. The dental team has an ethical responsibility to find out about local procedures for child protection and to follow them if a child is or might be at risk of abuse or neglect (Standards for the Dental Team. GDC, 2013​​).


Child protection and
the dental team

​An introduction to safeguarding children in dental practice, which can be used as

  • a training resource to update knowledge of child protection

  • a fast-response tool if you have concerns about a child

  • a clinical governance resource

CPD questions (3 hours)

Child protection/
adult safeguarding
​Online training courses for those who work or volunteer in dental

practices. These courses have been developed by the Child Protection Company.

Essential and Extra members receive a discount on the courses.

Expert members receive a free 'introduction' course and a free 'further' course each subscription year, plus discounts for team members.

BDA seminars and
webcasts (with CPD)

​Training essentials:
Adult and child safeguarding


iLearn webcasts:
Safeguarding children and vulnerable groups in dentistry
Child and adult safeguarding - what to do if you have concerns

BDA advice

Safeguarding patients

Expert Solutions

Template policies


Child abuse - Feb 15

BDJ articles

Adult safeguarding; guidance for dental professionals

Do you see what I see? Identification of child protection concerns by hospital staff and general dental practitioners

Establishingcomprehensive oral assessments for children with safeguarding concerns

Guidance: Lost in translation 

Infant oral mutilation – a child protection issue? 

The Scottish dental practitioner's role in managing child abuse and neglect 


Safeguarding children and young people - roles and competencies for health care staff (Intercollegiate document, third edition, March 2014)

Safeguarding vulnerable people in the reformed NHS (NHS England, July 2015)

Working together to safeguard children (Statutory guidance on inter-agency working, March 2015)


​The BDA is a member of the NSPCC​ Health Liaison Committee. This multi-organisation group discusses child protection issues within the healthcare setting and shares best practice for
safeguarding children.

Other members of the group are British Medical Association, British Society of Paediatric Dentistry, Department of Health, Royal College of GPs, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, Royal College of Pathologists, Royal College of Psychiatrists, Royal College of Midwives, and the Royal College of Nursing