To contact your Dental Practice Liason Lead please see the Safeguarding Liaison Contact Details.
The monitoring form (please see resource link below) is for Honour based violence, Forced Marriage and Female Genital Mutilation. No action is taken on receipt of these forms, because they are not referral forms. Should staff identify any concerns they should report formally to the police (particularly when considering mandatory reporting of FGM), or refer, where appropriate, to support services or social care. The monitoring form can be completed and sent to Sophie.Jarrett@gloucestershire.pnn.police.uk to assist in data collection to understand the prevalence of these issues in the county.
These short animated films have been developed to create awareness around the health and physiological consequences of FGM and cut through much of the inaccurate and misleading information circulating in the public sphere about FGM.
Children and Families Help Desk
Tel: 01452 426565 (8am – 5pm)
01452 614194 Emergency Duty Team - Out of hours (5pm - 8am Mon-Fri/weekends)
Please follow the links below to information leaflets:
Referals must be confirmed in writing within 48 hours, but ideally as soon as possible using the referral form available here.
Guidance on completion of the Multi Agency Service referral form can be found on the Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children's Board website or via the link here.
On completion of the form. be clear as to your concerns and what you hope to expect from this referral - is this child protection?
The links below provide further details and links to resources supporting safeguarding of children in Gloucestershire. However if you have immediate concerns regarding a child or children please contact The Children's Helpdesk below:
If you have concerns about the immediate safety of the child or you believe a serious criminal offence has been committed contact the Police at any time on 101 or in an emergency ring 999.
Children living in an environment of domestic abuse are experiencing emotional abuse. 50% of children will also be physically abused within the next two years.
If you are concerned about a child in this environment, consider:
For further details about the Gloucestershire Domestic Abuse Support Service please see www.gdass.org.uk to make an online referral or call 0845 602 9035.
Professionals number: 01452 726561.
Please use this number to ensure that any victims wanting support have a better chance of getting a response on the help desk.
A series of documents to be used in managing allegations can be found via the GSCB website here.
Please follow the resource link below to the full document.
We recommend that all Dentists keep up to date with current issues. To sign up for GSCB alerts please complete your details here.
The 2011 Ofsted inspection highlighted the very poor input of Dentists to case conferences. These are children who are the most vulnerable in our population and at highest risk of abuses. It is everyone’s duty to share concerns.
A nationwide Inquiry by the Office of the Children's Commissioner has found that 2,409 children and young people were confirmed victims of child sexual exploitation in gangs or groups in the 14 month period from August 2010 to October 2011.
Practitioners should also be aware that many children and young people who are victims of sexual exploitation do not recognise themselves as such.
The screening tool and Gloucestershire's multi-agency protocol for safeguarding children at risk of CSE can be accessed here.
Please follow the resource link below to view the NHS England Child Sexual Exploitation advice for Healthcare Staff: A pocket guide to provide practical information to healthcare staff to safeguard children and young people.
The Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (Ofsted) regulates and inspects to achieve excellence in the care of children and young people, and in education and skills for learners of all ages.
For inspections which focus on evaluating outcomes for looked after children and safeguarding outcomes for all children and young people see here.
Serious Case Reviews are mandatory processes and Dentist contribution to them as part of information gathering is essential.
Everyone in your Practice requires some basic Safeguarding knowledge. The level of training required has been dictated by the Royal Colleges and professional bodies, who have jointly published the updated Safeguarding Children and Young People: roles and competencies for health care staff. The document describes levels of competences and model role descriptions for named and designated professionals.
Further training can be found on the BDA website.
If the parents of a child are married when the child is born, or if they’ve jointly adopted a child, both have parental responsibility. They both keep parental responsibility if they later divorce.
Please follow the links below to further information on;