NICE quality standards describe high-priority areas for quality improvement in a defined care or service area. Each standard consists of a prioritised set of specific, concise and measurable statements. They draw on existing guidance, which provides an underpinning, comprehensive set of recommendations, and are designed to support the measurement of improvement.

This quality standard covers the identification, assessment and treatment of attachment difficulties. It focusses on children and young people up to age 18:

  • on the edge of care (those considered to be at high risk of going into care)
  • looked after by local authorities in foster homes (including kinship foster care)
  • in special guardianship
  • adopted from care
  • in residential settings and other accommodation.

For more information see the children’s attachment topic overview.