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Confirmation of dental neglect

Ranking

Criteria used to identify / confirm oral neglect

A 1,5

Oral neglect confirmed at Child Protection case conference, multi-disciplinary assessment including social services, Child in Need Framework Assessment or Court proceedings,

or admitted by perpetrator,

or described by the child

B1 2,5,7

Confirmation of oral neglect by dental care professional or professional with dental training

B2 1,3,5,6,9

Failure to attend follow-up appointments

B3 1,4*

Failure to follow treatment or preventive regime

C1

Oral neglect confirmed by referenced criteria / tool or by non-dental health professional

C2 8

Oral neglect defined by unreferenced criteria / tool

D

Oral neglect suspected or stated, with no supporting detail given

 

*failed to SEEK treatment

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References

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