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Understanding NICE guidance
Information for people who use NHS services


When to suspect child
maltreatment
This booklet explains what NICE (the National Institute for Health and
Clinical Excellence) has said about the signs of possible child maltreatment
(alerting features). It is written for members of the public.
The booklet does…

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The advice in the NICE guideline covers the alerting features in children
and young people (under 18 years) of:
· physical, sexual and emotional abuse
· neglect
· fabricated or induced illness.

The guideline does not specifically look at:
· risk factors for child maltreatment
· the identification of child…

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What the guideline says
The NICE guideline provides a summary of the alerting features that You can get
healthcare professionals might come across that suggest a child might be more information
being maltreated. The purpose of the guideline is to raise awareness and
from your local
help healthcare professionals who…

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Communicating with and about children
or young people
Good communication between healthcare professionals and the child Healthcare
or young person, as well as with their families and carers, is essential. professionals
When communicating with a child or young person, healthcare
have a duty to
professionals should consider factors such as…

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Explanation of terms
Emotional abuse Behaviour of a parent or carer towards a child that The versions of
is likely to cause severe and long-lasting negative effects on the child's the guideline
emotional development. There are many forms of emotional abuse, and for healthcare
it can include:
professionals
· making…

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More information
The organisations below can provide more information about child
maltreatment. NICE is not responsible for the quality or accuracy of any
information or advice provided by these organisations.
· ChildLine, 0800 1111 (helpline for children and young people)
www.childline.org.uk
· National Association for People Abused in Childhood, 0800…

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