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
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
Safeguarding in general dental practice A toolkit for dental teams 2019
NHS App Access
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.
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
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.
Dental Practice Training Summary
Designated Lead & Deputy Require:
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.
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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