Level 1 Safeguarding for Dentists

Our Level 1 Safeguarding for Dentists online course is specially written for dental professionals, covering the protection of children and vulnerable adults. Every member of staff in a dental practice requires at least level 1 safeguarding training.

The article 'What is level 1/2 safeguarding training' offers more explanation on the safeguarding training levels in healthcare.

Time-saving and affordable, this safeguarding course introduces the applicable legislation and guidance, signs and indicators of abuse and how to respond to concerns.

Combines adult and child safeguarding in one course

Online course takes around 2-3 hours to complete

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Counts as 3 hours of verifiable CPD and meets the General Dental Council's Development Outcome A 

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Safeguarding Levels

The BDA recommend that all staff are trained to at least Level 1 and this is achievable with our online Level 1 Safeguarding for Dentists course. Clinical staff such as dentists, hygienists and dental nurses will also require Level 2 training, this can be obtained by taking both our Level 1 and Level 2 Safeguarding for Dentists courses.

Specialist clinical staff, such as paediatric dentists or those with a specialist role that requires an additional depth of safeguarding knowledge may require extra training, but this is not required by most dental practices. Our courses do not extend to Level 3, 4 or 5 (as referenced in the framework: Children and Young People: Roles and Competencies for Healthcare Staff).

Key Features

In line with the latest government guidance, including the updates to ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ 

Fulfils the safeguarding training outcomes as specified by Ofsted, CQC and equivalent inspecting bodies

Regional variants available for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

Suitable for every member of staff who works in a dental practice. For all dentists who work in a clinical capacity and non-clinical staff who have duties that require a more in-depth level of involvement with children and vulnerable adults, you will need to take both the Level 1 and Level 2 Safeguarding for Dentists online courses

Upon successful completion of the course, you'll be able to download a personalised safeguarding training certificate valid for 2 years

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Course Content for Level 1 Safeguarding for Dentists

This course is an introduction to dental safeguarding. It will help you to recognise potential abuse and will supply you with the knowledge to report an incident and take appropriate action.

Within the course, there are specific variants for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. You can choose the most appropriate option at the start of the course.

On completion of this course, the learner will:

  • Have an awareness of the range of legislation and guidance surrounding dental safeguarding and protection
  • Be able to define the different types of abuse
  • Be able to demonstrate an awareness of the various indicators of abuse and neglect
  • Be aware of the effects of personal values and attitudes towards abuse
  • Understand your responsibility to report concerns
  • Be aware of the importance of maintaining a person focus
  • Be able to demonstrate an awareness of the actions to take in the event of suspected abuse

The purpose of this first module is to help you assess your current knowledge of safeguarding/protection of children and vulnerable adults. You will look at a series of scenarios that will start you thinking about some of the ways in which you could encounter potential abuse, and what actions you might take in response.

This module will look at what constitutes the safeguarding/protection of children and vulnerable adults, in practical terms. On completion of the module, you will have a much better understanding of key words and phrases and how these relate to safeguarding and child/adult protection. A better understanding of terms such as ‘child in need’ and ‘significant harm’ will help you to put the language of safeguarding in context.

Safeguarding and protecting people must operate within a framework of guidance and legal procedure. This module offers an overview of this framework and how it is applied. Of course, you will not be expected to quote detailed laws directly, but you will gather a general understanding of what they are. This module will also look at the organisations that may be part of safeguarding, their responsibilities, and the guidelines for protection.

Where appropriate, the course is designed to meet the needs of:

  • The Rights of Children and Young Persons Measure (Wales)
  • Working Together to Safeguard Children (England)
  • Getting It Right for Every Child (Scotland)
  • Understanding the Needs of Children (Northern Ireland)

By the end of the module, you will have a much clearer understanding of safeguarding guidance, the associated agencies and the legalities of protection. You will also see how the agencies work together to tackle the problem of abuse.

To effectively detect, reduce and hopefully prevent abuse, we need to strictly define what it is and how it manifests itself. Understanding the categories of abuse facilitates our ability to recognise the tell-tale signs that it is taking place.

At the end of this module, you will have a better understanding of what we mean by abuse, what the specific areas of abuse are, and how to spot them.

People, regardless of age, often find it very difficult to talk about the abuse they're experiencing. The anxiety they feel may display itself in different ways, such as them having challenging or changed behaviours, and we need to recognise these signs of abuse. Abusers are often adept at covering their tracks and may appear to be very caring people, so recognising the signs of abuse can often be the first alert to a situation.

At the end of this module, you will be more familiar with the definitions of abuse and the signs and indicators of the different types of abuse.

Sadly, many cases of abuse are disclosed several times before any action is taken. Taking a person-centred approach places the possible victim at the heart of your safeguarding and helps reduce the time taken to get help where it is needed.

By the end of this module, you will have a better understanding of what it means to be child- and person-centred.

This part of the course builds on the work we did in module three, where we looked at effective consultation between agencies and the increased understanding of the signs of, and the different types of abuse we discussed in modules four and five. People can disclose in a number of ways, so, while you want to maintain confidentiality where appropriate, you also need to know when to report and to whom. It is vital that you respond quickly and appropriately when presented with a disclosure of abuse, and this module will cover the right process to follow and what to do (and what not to do) to achieve the desired outcome.

By the end of this module, you will have a better understanding of the correct procedures to follow in response to a potential abuse situation. A step-by-step guide is included, which will help you to refer any concerns you may have.

Using a range of scenarios, you will now take all that you have learned and apply it to an assessment of your knowledge. The final module will allow you to show how much you have absorbed and why it is so important to have safeguarding training.

Once you have passed your assessment, you will be able to download your certificate. Your pass rate will be 70% but don’t worry if you do not pass the first time, as you can take the test multiple times.

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Details / Benefits

  • Instant access to courses
  • Takes between 2-3 hours to complete
  • Courses can be taken 24/7 online or on mobile devices
  • Less expensive than face-to-face training
  • No need to take time out of work to undertake training
  • No requirements for minimum or maximum group sizes
  • Retrieve centrally held online certificates at the touch of a button
  • Individual, personalised certificates can be downloaded and printed
  • Downloadable Excel report so you can monitor completion
  • Automated reminders when training is due for renewal
  • Courses can be stopped and restarted at any point
  • Course notes and resources available for the duration of certification
  • Friendly, UK-based customer support centre in case you have any queries
  • Regularly updated to meet legislation changes
  • Provides information, scenarios and downloads relevant to dental staff.

FAQ for Level 1 Safeguarding for Dentists

This Level 1 Safeguarding for Dentists online course is broadly in line with the requirements of Level 1 of the Intercollegiate Document, and our Level 2 Safeguarding for Dentists online course is broadly in line with Level 2 requirements.

Our online courses do not extend to Level 3, 4 or 5.

Yes, Level 1 Safeguarding for Dentists online training is a combined online safeguarding course, saving you time and money by offering an introduction to both child protection and vulnerable adult safeguarding in one place.

This course is worth 3 hours of verifiable CPD under the General Dental Council's lifelong learning scheme. It falls under Development Outcome A. 

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