Our policy for vulnerable children
Every child and their family are always treated with respect and empathy, with high quality effective and culturally appropriate services by the Stratford Dental staff.
We realise that most children must be bought to our premises by another adult. We recognise that transporting children may pose difficulties with adult work and family commitments or the lack of reliable transport for some families.
However, if staff at Stratford Dental had concern for the wellbeing of a child because the child was not brought for treatment, or for other presenting issues, the Stratford Dental staff may contact other providers for assistance or to even provide care, e.g: contact a public health nurse or the referring practitioner to assist potentially with transport or other perceived issues.
If the child is not brought for care over an extended period and when the child is deemed to have significant issues such as significant pain and infection then a referral to Oranga Tamariki may be sought when all other avenues have been unsuccessful.