Safeguarding for Dental Care Professionals



Welcome to the SAFEcic dental resource micro-site designed for dental care professionals. These pages have been provided to assist personnel employing, managing, being employed or volunteering within any dental setting. The pages focus exclusively on helping you meet your safeguarding obligations, highlighting the checks required under the new DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) scheme (formerly CRB). The site also details the training required by the CQC (Care Quality Commission), including which courses are required in the dental setting.



Dental Practice Safeguarding - Getting Started

A useful start point is the flow chart below that gives an at-a-glance overview of everything you need to do to meet CQC standards, including DBS checks, training and policies. The image can be enlarged by clicking with your mouse or downloaded and saved by
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We trust you will find this resource useful and if you require any assistance please call the SAFE Team on 01379-871091.

Regulations Covering The Dental Sector


You can also download our useful guide to the latest regulation covering the dental sector in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland by clicking here


General Data Protection Regulation: Guidance on Consent

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Safeguarding in general dental practice A toolkit for dental teams 2020

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NHS App Access


Esafety Referral Flowchart


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Annual SAFE Membership - Get the safeguarding tools and support your organisation needs


Annual SAFE Membership saves you time and money in meeting your safeguarding obligations and provides peace of mind for 12 months.


Membership includes access to download template policies and procedures for child and adult safeguarding, saving many days of research and policy writing. Click here for more details.


Membership also provides expert telephone and email support on safeguarding matters, DBS and recruitment issues. Additionally we provide a free expert review of all your safeguarding arrangements to attain the SAFE Award. Successful online submission to the SAFE Award risk assessment allows the use of the SAFE logo, under licence, on all your publicity materials assuring customers and clients of high standards of safeguarding.


Membership also entitles organisations to generous discounts on face to face and online safeguarding training and insurance discounts. For a full list of membership benefits click here.


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SAFE Audits


SAFE also provides on-site Safeguarding Audits & Pre-inspection Services.

For further information click here



Dental Staff Training Requirements

In addition to the mandatory DBS checks, all staff within the practice must  be trained in standard child safeguarding, which will give them insight on how to recognise potential signs of abuse and how to respond to concerns in a way that provides protection for all those involved. In addition, if your staff deal with adult patients then they also require training in standard adult safeguarding, as any adult undergoing treatment is legally defined as vulnerable or "at risk" under the Care Act 2014. Training can be taken online or face to face and both SAFE's online and face to face child safeguarding courses for dental teams include scenarios that are specific to the dental setting, ensuring the training is applicable to students' roles.


FGM & Prevent Duty

All front line staff should be familiar with the recognition and prevention of FGM.
All front line staff need to be aware of the Prevent Duty under the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015


Lead & Deputy Training

Each practice requires a designated lead and deputy responsible for safeguarding within the practice. The designated safeguarding lead and deputy require training in leading on child safeguarding and if your practice deals with adult patients they also require leading on adult safeguarding training. These courses detail their specific roles and responsibilities in relation to safeguarding. These are in addition to the standard safeguarding courses listed above.

Other Requirements

The CQC does not regard training courses in child or adult safeguarding (formerly referred to as child protection and safeguarding of adults at risk), to be sufficient on their own. All organisations working with adults at risk or children and young people also require a safeguarding adults at risk policy and adult safeguarding procedures; and a child protection policy and child protection procedures to be in place and up to date.

All references and information required for organisations to create their own is available here on our website. We also offer proforma template policies and procedures (updated when appropriate) and online safeguarding self-audits free with SAFE Membership, which can save many hours of work for busy management teams.

Dental Customer Quote:



“SafeCiC have been extremely helpful in assisting us with our DBS process for all 600 of our clinical staff and we’ve taken out online training for Safeguarding, which has proved valuable for our practices especially with CQC requirements. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend SAFE for their professionalism & wealth of experience in the matters of DBS & training". HR Manager –James Hull Associates/Smiles Dental

All staff staff are required to have completed and registered 150 hours of Continuing Professional Development during their five year cycle under the scheme.

All of SAFE's quality assured courses for dental staff meet the training requirements of the Care Quality Commission and the educational criteria required for verifiable enhanced Continuing Professional Development under the General Dental Council’s Lifelong Learning Scheme. They all represent 3.5 hours of verifiable CPD, with the relevant learning outcomes of A, B and/or D.

A certificate will be provided upon successful completion of SAFE online training courses. Certificates can be downloaded and printed at any time and remain valid for two years.

SAFE's safeguarding courses provide a cost-effective and efficient way of gaining additional CPD hours.

Online training provides a number of key benefits saving practices both time and money.


Benefits include:


  • 3 CPD points per course

  • Low cost training

  • Minimal disruption to practice

  • Training can be taken at times suitable to each individual

  • Certificates are downloadable for printing

  • Practice Managers or Administrators have visibility of training compliance across multiple practices

  • Volume discounts available


Dental Practice Training Summary

All Staff Require::

Standard Child Safeguarding (Dental)
Standard Adult Safeguarding

Designated Lead & Deputy Require:

Standard Child Safeguarding (Dental)
Standard Adult Safeguarding
Leading on Child Safeguarding
Leading on Adult Safeguarding

A certificate will be provided upon successful completion of each SAFE online training course. Certificates can be downloaded and printed at any time and remain valid for two years.

These SAFEcic quality assured course meets the training requirements of the Care Quality Commission and the educational criteria for Levels One and Two required for verifiable enhanced Continuing Professional Development under the General Dental Council’s Lifelong Learning Scheme. Each course represents 3 hours of verifiable enhanced CPD, with learning outcomes A, B and D as appropriate.


About SAFE

SAFE is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company focused exclusively on safeguarding. We provide a one-stop solution for everything from DBS (formerly CRB) checks, through policy creation and guidance, safeguarding management briefings and incident support, to training (both face to face and online). We have already trained thousands of dental staff providing thousands of hours of CPD (Continuing Professional Development) and work with the BDA, BADN and BDPMA. The courses meet the training requirements of the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and General Dental Council (GDC).

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