The most important thing to remember if you are faced with a child who may have been abused is that you do not need to manage this on your own. It is also important to remember that your first duty is to the child and that you have the responsibility for dealing with any injury or dental needs. No child should be left untreated or in pain because of underlying concerns about abuse.
The Department of Health poster, ‘What To Do If You’re Worried A Child Is Being Abused: a flow chart for referral’(see below)26 summarises how you should proceed. This forms the basis for our summary flow chart, Child Protection and the Dental Team: flow chart for action.
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