The NICE Quality Standard for Child Abuse and Neglect  covers recognising, assessing and responding to abuse and neglect of children and young people under 18. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement. It is for commissioners, service providers, health, public health and social care practitioners, and the public.

NICE has invited comments from registered stakeholders on the draft quality standard; the final quality standard is expected to publish in February 2019. 

BASPCAN is a registered stakeholder and our consultation response is available here:  BASPCAN_NICEQualityStandardCAN_response_03Oct18


In summary, BASPCAN supports the NICE draft quality standard, but noted some important additional points in particular around the fact that children may not display marked changes in behaviour or emotional state, especially when abuse or neglect are chronic or gradual in onset (statement 1), and that appropriate, evidence-informed interventions, may not be available in all areas (statement 5).


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