This guideline updates and replaces NICE guideline CG25 (published February 2005). It offers evidence-based advice on the short-term management of violence and aggression in mental health, health and community settings.

New recommendations have been added to cover a broader range of settings, including inpatient psychiatric care, emergency and urgent care, secondary mental health care (such as care provided by assertive community teams, community mental health teams, early intervention teams and crisis resolution and home treatment teams), community healthcare, primary care, social care and care provided in people’s homes. New recommendations have also been added to cover children and young people aged under 16, family members and carers.

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