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Safeguarding

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

The following guidance gives a dental specific summary of the expectations for training needed from us and the British Society of Paediatric Dentistry on the roles and competencies for safeguarding adults, children and young people​.

 

These roles and competencies apply to both NHS and private providers in all settings in which dentistry is practised.

 

All new starters should have a mandatory safeguarding introduction (children and adults) for a minimum of 30 minutes within the first 6 weeks of taking up the post.

 

For Adults, children and young people:

 

Dentist*           

Orthodontist*        

DCP*

Hours of refresher training over 3 years:

Level 2

Level 2

Level 2

minimum 4 hours + annual review of competencies

 

*The majority of dentists and dental care professionals will require level 2; in larger organisations, including hospitals and community-based specialist services (special care dentistry, paediatric or other relevant dental specialties such as orthodontics) the precise number of dentists and dental care professionals requiring level 3 competencies should be determined locally based on an assessment of need and risk.

 

Practice

Manager

​Receptionist


Non-clinical staff

Hours of refresher training over 3 years:


Level 1

Level 1

Level 1

minimum 2 hours + annual review of competencies

 

Dentist with specific role in safeguarding 

DCP with specific role in safeguarding 

Hours of refresher training over 3 years:


Level 3

Level 3

minimum 8 hours + annual review of competencies

 

​Requirements for safeguarding training are defined in the documents Adult Safeguarding; Roles and Competencies for Health Care Staff (First edition August 2018) and Safeguarding children and young people: Roles and competencies for healthcare staff (January 2019).

 

CPD, References and resources

​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
training

​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 10% discount on the courses.

Expert members receive two FREE courses each subscription year, plus a 10% discounts on further purchases.

​BDA seminars and
webcasts (with CPD)

​Training essentials:
Adult and child safeguarding

 

iLearn webcasts:

Safeguarding children and young people: topical topics

​BDA advice

Safeguarding patients

​Expert templates

Template policies

​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
Establishing comprehensive 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 

​Guidance

Standards for the Dental Team. GDC, 2013

Safeguarding children and young people: Roles and competencies for healthcare staff (January 2019)
Adult safeguarding: roles and competencies for health care staff (intercollegiate document first edition 2018)

Safeguarding vulnerable people in the reformed NHS (NHS England, July 2015)
Working together to safeguard children (Statutory guidance on inter-agency working, 2018)

Child maltreatment: when to suspect maltreatment in under 18s (Clinical Guideline 89)

Child abuse and neglect (Nice Guideline 76)

​NSPCC

​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