Whenever a child in this country dies as a result of abuse, local agencies are required to undertake a serious case review to look at the case and any lessons that might be learned from it. One consistent theme comes out in all these case reviews; a failure of communication between professionals involved with the child. If we are ever going to protect children from abuse, it is crucial that we learn to communicate with each other and share information.
As a dental practitioner seeing a child, you will have information about the child that no other professional will have. You have a responsibility to share that information appropriately. Where you have identified concerns, you should highlight those to the social worker to whom you are referring the child, backing those concerns up in writing. In other situations you may be asked to provide information for the purposes of an initial assessment or as a contribution to a case conference.