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Clinical update

Recognising, assessing and responding to child abuse and neglect

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence offers guidance on supporting children and young people
Child abuse

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence offers guidance on supporting children and young people

Essential information

One in five children has experienced severe maltreatment, according to the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. Cruelty to children and young people is a criminal offence, and child abuse and neglect can have serious adverse health and social consequences, according to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

Child abuse and neglect can affect growth and physical development, and impair language development, behaviour and ability to socialise, play and learn. It increases the likelihood of being involved in antisocial behaviour, having suicidal thoughts and attempts to commit suicide. Adult survivors of childhood abuse are more likely to misuse substances and experience mental and physical health problems.

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