Clinical update

Recognise and respond to child abuse and neglect

Read our summary of National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidance to help nurses recognise and respond to abuse and neglect of children.

Read our summary of National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidance to help nurses recognise and respond to abuse and neglect of children

Essential facts

One in five children in the UK 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 for victims into adulthood. It can have an effect on growth and physical development and increase the likelihood of antisocial behaviour, suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts.

What’s new

Guidance to help nurses recognise and respond to abuse and neglect in children has been published by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). It covers physical, sexual and emotional abuse and neglect, and sets out

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