THE CONDUCT OF THE DENTAL SURGEON FACING CHILD ABUSE: A LITERATURE REVIEW
Keywords:Child maltreatment, Dental surgeon, Dentistry
Violence against children and adolescents is a severe problem in society as it involves socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic factors. In addition to being more susceptible and dependent on their guardians, they are constant victims of abusive actions. Based on these facts, this study aimed to point out what should be the behavior of dental surgeons in the face of the occurrence of child abuse. In addition to providing a brief overview of the topic in Brazil, the following question was defined as a guiding question: what are the main strategies of the dentist in identifying and managing cases of child abuse? This article is an integrative literature review with a descriptive method and qualitative approach. After selecting 10 articles and careful analysis, the main strategies used by dentist to identify cases of child abuse were verified. Notification represents the primary means of tackling cases of violence against children and adolescents, as it derives from actions in the care and protection network, focusing on the promotion, prevention of recurrences, and establishment of a service line to people involved in these situations.
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