Article: Volume 45 Number 10 Page 973 - November 2018

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  Dent Update 2018; 45: 973-976

Safeguarding:  Child Safeguarding in Dental Practice; What you need to know

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Abstract: This paper aims to define the types of child abuse and how this may present to the dental team. It briefly outlines actions which should be taken if and when safeguarding concerns may arise.

Clinical relevance: The dental practice is an environment where signs of child abuse commonly present. It is both an ethical and legal duty for the dental practitioner to act appropriately in the protection of children attending the practice. Child safeguarding is one of the GDC’s recommended topics for Continuing Professional Development.

Author notes: David Auld, BDS, MFDS RCPS, MDentSci, MPaedDent, Specialist in Paediatric Dentistry, Clarendon Dental Spa, Leeds, UK.

Objective: To understand the various types of child abuse, some of the ways in which these may present in the dental setting, when to act and where to seek help and advice on how to make safeguarding referrals, when appropriate.