All details are correct at the time of writing but readers are advised that some may be liable to change. This section is included to assist you in your work. It is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all relevant information and services.
1. Guidance documents
NICE Clinical Guideline 89: When to suspect child maltreatment
National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidance for health professionals, developed by the National Collaborating Centre for Women’s and Children’s Health and published in 2009 following careful consideration of available evidence. Specifies the alerting features that should prompt you to 'consider' or 'suspect' maltreatment. Available in
different formats including the full guideline and a quick-reference
Working Together to Safeguard Children
The statutory guidance on inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. HM Government. London, March 2013. Available from the Department for Education or as a web-enabled version at
www.workingtogetheronline.co.uk. Previous versions published in 1999, 2006 and 2010.
Children and families publications
The Department for Education has published guidance documents, reviews, reports and factsheets on a wide variety of topics relevant to safeguarding children and young people. Those
child poverty (2012), child internet safety (2012), child abuse linked to faith or belief (2012), child trafficking (2011), commercialisation and sexualisation of childhood (2011), female genital mutilation (2011), physical punishment (2010), children who run away and go missing (2009), promoting the health and wellbeing of looked after children (2009), fabricated and induced illness (2008), forced marriage (2008).
General Dental Council
London: General Dental Council, 2005.
Standards Guidance: Standards for Dental Professionals
Standards Guidance: Principles of Patient Consent
Standards Guidance: Principles of Patient Confidentiality
Standards Guidance: Principles of Dental Team Working
National Service Framework for Children, Young People and Maternity Services
Primary Care Version. London: Department of Health, 2004, document no. 40620.
A 10 year strategy that sets out to improve the health and well-being of the nation’s children. It sets standards to promote child-centred health and social services, and places emphasis on early intervention to meet children’s needs, tackling health inequalities and promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children.
Every child matters
Every child matters: summary, publication ref. DfES/0672/2003. Department for Education and Skills, 2003.
Every child matters: change for children, publication ref. DfES/1081/2004. Department for Education and Skills, 2004.
What To Do If You’re Worried A Child Is Being Abused
Full report, publication no. 31533.
Summary, publication no. 31815.
A flow chart for referral, publication no. 31981. London: Department of Health, 2003.
The summary and flow chart, containing useful guidance on information sharing and referral, were circulated to dentists.
Tips on ordering government guidance publications
Many Department of Health (www.dh.gov.uk) and Department for Education (www.education.gov.uk) documents are available online to view or download. Alternatively, printed copies may be available to order online, often free of charge.
2. Further reading
Management of Abuse: a resource manual for the dental team
Sinha S, Acharya P, Jafar H, Bower E, Harrison V and Newton JT. London: Stephen Hancocks Limited, 2005.
An informative, well illustrated and extensively referenced text on child abuse, domestic violence, abuse of vulnerable adults and effective protection. Verifiable CPD and a ‘legislative update’ are available from the publisher.
Child Protection Companion
handbook from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health aimed at paediatricians, but which may be of interest particularly to paediatric dentistry specialists with safeguarding children
responsibilities. It provides guidance on issues ranging from
multi-agency working and the recognition of maltreatment through to
medical assessments and court proceedings. A revised version is
anticipated in 2013.
"It doesn’t happen to disabled children": child protection and disabled children
National Working Group on Child Protection and Disability. London: NSPCC, 2003.
Examples of medical text books on child abuse and neglect
Hobbs CJ, Wynne JM. Physical signs of child abuse. A colour atlas. 2nd ed. London: WB Saunders, 2001.
Hobbs CJ, Hanks HGI, Wynne JM. Child abuse and neglect. A clinician’s handbook. 2nd ed. London: Churchill Livingstone, 1998.
Chapter in a paediatric dentistry textbook
Harris JC, Welbury RR. Safeguarding children. In: Paediatric Dentistry. 4th edn. Welbury R, Duggal M, Hosey MT (Eds). Oxford University Press, 2012.
An illustrated chapter by two of the authors of Child protection and the
dental team appears for the first time in the 4th edition of this popular and readable textbook written with undergraduate dental students in mind, but also of interest to postgraduate students and general dental pactitioners.
3. Online information resources
National Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC)
Including information about the NSPCC’s publications, library, training and consultancy services, and NSPCC Inform.
A free, online, specialised child protection information resource to support any professionals working to protect children.
You can also sign up for CASPAR News (current awareness service for policy, practice and research) to receive a weekly bitesize email summary of new developments in child protection.
CORE INFO Cardiff Child Protection Systematic Review Group
Systematic reviews of the world literature with regard to child abuse and neglect.
Links to resulting publications in peer-reviewed journals. See also our
for (Maguire et al, 2005a; Maguire et al, 2005b; Maguire et al, 2007).
See also a series of user-friendly information leaflets published with the NSPCC, downloadable from Core-info or NSPCC Inform:
Core-info: bruises on children; Core-info: fractures in children; Core-info: oral injuries and bites on children; Core-info: thermal injuries on children; Core-info: head and spinal injuries in children; Core-info: emotional neglect and emotional abuse in pre-school children.
4. Employment and legal
Providers of advice services and publications for members on issues of relevance to dental practice, including standards, staff recruitment and clinical governance:
British Dental Association
64 Wimpole Street, London W1G 8YS
www.bda.org 020 7935 0875
Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK)
The Royal College of Surgeons of England
35-43 Lincoln’s Inn Fields
London WC2A 3PE
www.fgdp.org.uk 020 7869 6754
Providers of medicolegal advice services, publications and telephone advice lines for members:
Dental Defence Union
MDU Services Ltd, 230 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8PJ
www.the-ddu.com 0800 085 0614
Dental Protection Ltd
33 Cavendish Square, London, W1G 0PS
www.dentalprotection.org/uk 0845 608 4000
Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland (MDDUS)
Mackintosh House, 120 Blythswood Street, Glasgow G2 4EA
www.mddus.com 0845 270 2034
Sources of information for employers including guidance on pre-employment checks is currently provided by:
NHS Employers website
Disclosure and Barring Service
The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), launched in December 2012, merges the functions previously carried out by the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA). It helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children, through its criminal record checking and barring functions.
5. Other information
CHI Self-assessment tool for child protection for clinical teams
Commission for Health Improvement. The Stationery Office, 2004.
Circulated by PCTs in some areas, this audit tool was recommended by a number of Salaried Primary Dental Care Service teams who used it to
identify what they did well and what they needed to improve in the area
of child protection. Available from
The British Association for the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect
17 Priory Street, York YO1 6ET
www.baspcan.org.uk 01904 613605
For all professionals working in health, education, police, social services and voluntary agencies. The website has information about conferences on child protection topics such as neglect, child deaths, emotional abuse.