It seems their lack of a child protection strategy and reporting proceedures for potential vulnerable adults or abused spouses permeates the organisation, with staff having no idea how to report suspected abuse when patients enter the dentist.
We checked that people who use this service
Are protected from abuse, or the risk of abuse, and their human rights are respected and upheld.
The provider did not have a safeguarding children and vulnerable adults policy and staff were unaware of local safeguarding arrangements. This meant that people who used the service were not safeguarded against the risk of abuse because the provider had not made suitable arrangements to identify the possibility of abuse and prevent it before it occurred and respond appropriately to any allegation of abuse. Regulation 11(1)(a)(b)
For example, the provider did not have a safeguarding policy for children and vulnerable adults or procedures for reporting safeguarding concerns. The dentist we spoke with had received safeguarding training in relation to their paid role and was able to recall a generic procedure for reporting concerns but paid staff were unaware of local safeguarding arrangements. In addition, not all permanent staff had received safeguarding training and the provider was unable to provide contact details for the local authority safeguarding team. This meant that there was a risk that staff were unaware of safeguarding issues and/or how to respond appropriately to any allegation of abuse.
Apparently they have now fixed this within the dental department, but it seems the org has no clear strategy to prevent child abuse at all within its ranks. If it can't get its head around the local dentistry regulations and staff training, how on earth are elders in local congregations meant to be trained to report abuse?
It just seems they are very complacent, and surely Gods organisation does not need to be reminded by secular authorities again and again to increase its child abuse safeguards! They really should be way ahead of the pack if they really are Gods organisation on earth.