A policy is a plan or course of action intended to influence and determine decisions and actions. A suitable child protection policy statement for a dental practice should affirm the practice’s commitment to protecting children from harm and should explain how this will be achieved. The date on which the policy is adopted should be stated, together with a date when it will be due for review.
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However, a policy alone is not enough. Safeguarding children is about changing the whole environment. You can do this by:
|‘Previously child protection for me was just about referring abuse, but now I realise that things have moved on and it’s also about creating an environment where children’s needs and rights are protected. I’ve been pleased and surprised to find that we already do much of what’s needed through our existing policies and procedures’
|A dentist who manages a salaried primary dental care service