This guideline offers best practice advice on the care of children and young people with a diagnosed or suspected conduct disorder, including looked-after children and those in contact with the criminal justice system.
Service users and healthcare professionals have rights and responsibilities as set out in the NHS Constitution for England – all NICE guidance is written to reflect these. Treatment and care should take into account individual needs and preferences. Service users should have the opportunity to make informed decisions about their care and treatment, in partnership with their healthcare professionals. If someone does not have the capacity to make decisions, healthcare professionals should follow the Department of Health's advice on consent and the code of practice that accompanies the Mental Capacity Act and the supplementary code of practice on deprivation of liberty safeguards. In Wales, healthcare professionals should follow advice on consent from the Welsh Government.
If the service user is under 16, healthcare professionals should follow the guidelines in the Department of Health's Seeking consent: working with children. Parents and carers should also be given the information and support they need to help the child or young person in making decisions about their treatment.
Care of young people in transition between CAMHS and adult mental health services should be planned and managed according to the best practice guidance described in the Department of Health's Transition: getting it right for young people.
CAMHS and adult mental health services should work jointly to provide assessment and services to children and young people with a conduct disorder. Diagnosis and management should be reviewed throughout the transition process, and there should be clarity about who is the lead clinician to ensure continuity of care.