Safe Guarding Children, Young People & Vulnerable Adults

Safe Guarding Children, Young People & Vulnerable Adults

Levels 1, 2 and 3 available

In-house training at your workplace can also be provided, please call to discuss prices for group bookings and workplace training.

The General Dental Council recommend that all dental professionals keep up to date with Safeguarding Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults Verifiable CPD.

Safeguarding training should be refreshed every three years. Level 1 training should last a minimum of two hours, level 2 a minimum of three hours.

“Safeguarding means protecting people’s health, wellbeing and human rights, and enabling them to live free from harm, abuse and neglect. It’s fundamental to high-quality health and social care” CQC

Every member of the dental team has a part to play.

Risks to children and adults are higher when the systems and processes are weak and staff are not clear or do not know what to do when a safeguarding situation presents.

Course Contents

We offer different levels of safeguarding training that are in line with guidance set out in the Intercollegiate Document for Healthcare Staff; Safeguarding Children and Young people: roles and competences for health care staff (March 2014) that sets out the minimum training requirements required.

Course Aims

During training we aim to define the term ‘Vulnerable Adult’ and implement understanding of the context of safeguarding and protection from abuse.

All levels will differentiate types of abuse and raise awareness of the key signs of abuse and cover the various ways to respond to suspected or alleged abuse.
• Level 1 – two hr training session: for all non-clinical staff (e.g. receptionists and non clinical practice managers)

Level 1 is the equivalent to basic safeguarding/child protection training across all health care organisations working with children and young people.

Competence at this level is about individuals knowing what to look for which may indicate possible harm and knowing who to contact and seek advice from if they have concerns.

• Level 2 – Three hr training session: for all dentists and dental care professionals

Course objectives for level 2:

Following a 3 hour training sessions you will be able to:
• Identify your responsibilities with respect to child protection and safeguarding vulnerable adults
• recognise the presenting features of abuse and neglect.
• Have knowledge on where to find additional resources and support advice for reporting abuse if there is a suspicion that abuse has occurred.

The course content also supports dental professionals by giving clear specific guidance on legislation and procedures relating to child protection and safeguarding vulnerable adults.

• Level 3 – Five hour training: for paediatric dentists and paediatric orthodontists, dentists with a lead role in safeguarding (i.e. those who could potentially contribute to assessing, planning, intervening and evaluating the needs of a child or young person and parenting capacity where there are safeguarding / child protection concerns).

Level 3 will cover the following types of Abuse- Physical, Emotional, Sexual, Financial, Institutional, Neglectful and Discriminatory. We also provide information on abuse reporting and prevention of abuse, risk assessment and the No Secrets Act and rules.

Level 3 professionals should have knowledge, skills and attitudes as outlined for Levels 1 and 2, and should also be able to demonstrate the following:

• Recognise abuse, identify common obstacles and be aware of professional blind spots
• Be Aware of the implications of legislation, inter-agency policy and national guidance
• Understand the role of Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs) and Serious Case Reviews (SCRs)
• Understand the importance of children’s rights in the safeguarding/child protection context, and related legislation
• Understand information sharing, confidentiality, and consent related to children and young people
• Understand inter-agency frameworks and child protection assessment processes, including the use of relevant assessment frameworks
• Understand the processes and legislation for Looked After Children including health assessments and after-care services

Level 3 training is not normally required for dentists and dental care professionals working in general dental practice.

All our activities meet the educational criteria required for Verifiable Continuing Professional Development under the General Dental Council Lifelong Learning Scheme.

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