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​​Step-by-step guide of what to do if you have concerns

​When you have concerns about a child it is essential to be able to access information and advice immediately so that you can take action promptly. As a minimum, every dental practice should have:

  • a copy of the LSCB/ACPC procedures folder or the website saved as a ‘favourite’ if available online

  • an up-to-date list of telephone numbers of local contacts for advice or referral.


Teams working regularly with children will find it useful to work out their own step-by-step guide of what to do if they have concerns about a child. This could be done by adapting our flow chart with your own local information. Alternatively, written guidelines could be produced, perhaps by adapting a published example of good practice.35