This quality standard covers recognising, assessing and responding to abuse and neglect of children and young people under 18. It covers physical, sexual and emotional abuse. This quality standard describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

It does not cover areas of national policy, such as legislative changes and statutory requirements.

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We check our quality standards every August to make sure they are up to date.

Quality standard development process

How we develop NICE quality standards