Safeguarding in general dental practice

This document provides an overview of safeguarding to dental teams and reinforces its importance.


Safeguarding in general dental practice: a toolkit for dental teams

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The dental team has a statutory duty of care to all patients which includes ensuring that safeguarding arrangements are in place.

This document reinforces the importance of safeguarding to dental teams and makes them aware of the different forms of abuse. It provides an overview of safeguarding as a whole for the dental team by:

  • clarifying the roles and responsibilities of the dental team in promoting the safety and wellbeing of children, young people and adults at risk of abuse
  • signposting useful safeguarding resources, including access to free training opportunities
  • outlining the pathways to be followed in cases of concern
  • providing guidance on training requirements
Published 3 April 2019