NICE has issue new guidance on Child abuse and neglect (NICE Guideline 76), which aims to support professionals whose work brings them into contact with children and young people to recognise signs of abuse and neglect and to know how to respond to these.

The guideline covers the recognition of, and response to, the neglect and abuse (emotional, physical, and sexual) of children and young people and builds on the recommendations that are made in NICE Clinical Guideline 89 on Child maltreatment: when to suspect maltreatment in under 18s—first published in 2009 and updated in October 2017 to bring it in line with new guidance on child abuse and neglect. 

Cruelty to children and young people has serious negative consequences that can persist into adulthood; adult survivors of childhood abuse are more likely to misuse substances and to experience mental health problems and physical ill health.

The new guideline on Child abuse and neglect makes evidence-based recommendations on the following areas in relation to child abuse and neglect:

  • principles for working with children, young people, parents, and carers
  • factors that increase vulnerability 
  • recognising child abuse and neglect
  • assessing risk and need 
  • early help for families 
  • multi-agency response 
  • therapeutic interventions of children, young people, and families 
  • planning and delivering services.