Child Protection Policy
Child Protection Policy: Under the Vulnerable Children Act 2014 and as a contractor to the Ministry of Health, Dominion Dental Centre adopts a Child Protection Policy by Oranga Tamariki. Under this legislation a “child” is defined as someone younger than 18 who is not married or in a civil union.
This policy is to ensure applicable steps are taken to ensure children are protected while visiting the practice. If a child seems to be abused/harmed outside of the practice, then the correct steps are taken towards child protection.
Dominion Dental Centre abides by the rules and regulations set out in the Vulnerable Children Act 2014 and the Health Information Privacy Code 1994 when performing worker safety checks and when reporting suspected abuse to the appropriate organisations.
Dentists as health professionals have a range of responsibilities to their patients. Patient care includes the overall welfare of our patients, and this is particularly relevant to children and young people. If a dentist believes a child may be suffering a form of abuse, he/she should report the concerns. Worker safety checks are obtained which includes, but is not limited to, police vetting and appropriate steps are carried out to protect a child while they are visiting Dominion Dental Centre.