Providers of child protection training
Postgraduate dental deans' office
Courses and lectures are provided which are dentally relevant and often open to the whole dental team. They may be free-of-charge or at nominal cost and provide verifiable CPD. For further information see your local postgraduate dean’s office website.
Local safeguarding children boards (LSCBs)
LSCBs provide an ongoing program of multi-agency training in every area. These courses give a valuable opportunity to meet staff in other agencies to whom you might refer, so helping you to build a network of local contacts for advice on child protection. Courses range from basic awareness courses to advanced or specialised topics. See finding your local contacts.
Salaried primary dental care services often have established links with health trust child protection nursing departments for provision of training. Similar training may be available to individual dental practices, either provided by health trust staff or by independent child protection
trainers. It may be possible to arrange in-practice training to meet the
needs of your own team. It would be wise to discuss your team’s
objectives with the trainer when arranging a course and to request that
case studies relevant to dental practice are included. See
finding your local contacts.
Distance learning or e-learning could be used by staff members individually for self-directed study or as an introduction to support in-practice team learning and clinical governance activities.
The Child Protection Company
Online courses are available to help practices fulfil the safeguarding outcomes as specified by CQC
Introduction: a general combined course specifically designed for dental staff who come into contact with children and vulnerable adults.
Further: a combined course specifically developed for the nominated safeguarding lead and deputy within a dental practice, who have already completed introduction training. It is also suitable for anyone wishing to cover the topic in more depth.
Discounts apply to each when BDA members book.
e-Learning for Healthcare
eLfH is a Department of Health programme in partnership with the NHS and professional bodies providing high quality content free of charge for the training of the NHS workforce across the UK. Safeguarding children programmes are available at Levels 1, 2 and 3. Level 2-Safeguarding Children and Young People consists of three 30 minute e-learning sessions.
Smile-on Ltd, KSS Deanery and British Dental Health Foundation
Vulnerable patients - children, a one hour and thirty minute e-learning programme available for purchase and verifiable CPD. Addresses the role of dental professionals in safeguarding the welfare of vulnerable children by exploring four case scenarios. A separate programme is available on safeguarding vulnerable adults.
Specialist courses may be of interest to those who work regularly in child protection.
Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH)/National Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC)/Advanced Life Support Group (ALSG)/British Society of Paediatric Dentistry (BSPD)
Safeguarding children: recognition and response in child protection (CPRR) is a one day accredited course for junior doctors. The new dental stream course runs alongside the course for doctors and was launched in 2013 following a successful pilot year. Places are currently restricted to specialty trainees in paediatric dentistry and registered specialists in paediatric dentistry. For dates and venues check the ALSG website.
Colleagues have recommended courses run jointly by paediatricians and lawyers, such as those organised from time to time by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.