Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Policy
This policy will assist all health professionals working in the hospital and community in determining the level of risk and the most appropriate course of action to take in situations where an individual (child or adult) is unseen at home or where they are not brought to appointments.
Members of the dental team are in a position where they may identify the signs of abuse or neglect or hear something that causes them concern. The dental teams have an ethical responsibility to find out about local protection procedures for adults, children and young people and to follow them if they are or might be at risk of abuse or neglect (Standards for the Dental Team. GDC, 2013).