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.

 

Guidance links

Recommendations should be considered in the context of the whole guideline but these links to specific sections may be helpful.

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:

Working together to safeguard children

The guideline is complemented by other guidance such as:

Keeping children safe in education (Department of Education)

Protecting children and young people: doctors' responsibilities (General Medical Council)

What to do if you're worried about a child


Additional resources

Responding to child abuse and neglect

 

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 listening

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Children should be seen and heard

 

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."

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