Help for those working with children and young people to:
- spot signs of abuse and neglect
- know how to respond.
Our guideline gives an overview of the research into child protection best practice. It includes advice on identifying and responding to physical, sexual and emotional abuse and neglect.
It supports practitioners carrying out assessments and providing early help and interventions.
Recommendations should be considered in the context of the whole guideline but these links to specific sections may be helpful.
Recognising signs and assessing needs
Guidance in context
NICE guidance helps you to comply with the statutory function of the agency you work for under the Children Acts of 1989 and 2004 and the Children and Families Act 2014. It also helps you comply with the statutory legislation referenced within each section of the guideline:
The guideline is complemented by other guidance such as:
Children who have experienced abuse or neglect could be offered therapy and their parents given the chance to take part in family support programmes.
Our new guideline aimed at professionals who may come into contact with children, gives advice on what to do when faced with child neglect or abuse.
It's about being supportive and listeningA, 16, London
Abuse or neglect of a child or young person is very serious and against the law. If this has happened to you, it is really important you get the help and support you need.
We've developed a guideline for people who work with children and young people to make sure they listen to your wishes and feelings and give you the best possible support. This quick guide will help you understand what support you should expect.
Jo Sharpen, Policy Manager, Against Violence and Abuse (AVA) discusses how she worked with NICE to ensure voices of vulnerable children were taken on board for the new abuse and neglect guideline.
"Children suffering from abuse and neglect often feel isolated and too afraid to speak out.
At ‘Against Violence and Abuse’ (AVA) we work hard to provide an environment children and young people feel safe in. We encourage them to share their experiences and work with us so we can better support them, and others like them."