Tuesday, 10 June 2008

Dentists And Dental Care Professionals "Must Act To Protect Children And Vulnerable Adults", Says GDC, UK

Full Story: http://www.stopinjusticenow.com/News_0862.htm

Dentists and dental care professionals (DCPs) are well placed to identify possible abuse or neglect of children or vulnerable adults - and have a responsibility to raise their concerns if they do, says the GDC. All registrants should know who - a local health trust or board, for example - to contact for advice if they have concerns about potential abuse or neglect, says the GDC in a new statement on child protection. The GDC points out that dentists and DCPs are well positioned to observe and identify facial and other injuries. Bruising, burns, bite marks and eye injuries could suggest that a concern should be raised. "It is the responsibility of all members of the dental team to know what to do if they are concerned about the possible abuse or neglect of children and vulnerable adults," says GDC President Hew Mathewson. "If you make a professional judgement and decide not to share your concern with the appropriate authority, you must be able to justify how you came to this decision.

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