Every effort has been made to ensure that the advice given is factually accurate, evidence-based where possible, and compatible with current guidance and legislation. It should be used with clinical judgement and in conjunction with locally agreed multi-agency child protection procedures and the ethical standards guidance appropriate to your professional role. It complements but does not replace the need for local child protection training.
Much of the content of the resource is applicable to dental professionals working throughout the United Kingdom. However, policy and procedures are stated as for England. Those working in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland should be aware that differences exist and are advised to use this resource in conjunction with locally available guidance.
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We have sought to follow current best practice in consent for clinical photography, by obtaining consent of children and their parents to publication of photographs in this context in both handbook and website. This has limited the number and choice of appropriate images available to us. Exceptions have been made by using archive material only where it is considered essential to understanding the text. Readers who want to view a wider range of relevant clinical photographs are referred to other sources.
Where discussion of individual child protection cases is included it is based on real situations but details have been changed to protect the identity of the children, families and staff involved.
Images have been reproduced with permissions as indicated. Crown copyright material is reproduced with the permission of the Controller of HMSO and the Queen’s Printer for Scotland. Header image courtesy of the NHS Photo Library. All other images have been provided by the authors.
The ‘Child Protection and the Dental Team’ handbook and website are intended as a guide only. Whilst the information is believed to be correct, it is not a substitute for appropriate legal advice. COPDEND and the authors can take no responsibility for the actions taken based on the information contained in this educational resource.
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