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NICE publishes quality standard to improve the wellbeing of looked after children

NICE’s remit expands into social care

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published a quality standard for social care which contains eight statements intended to improve the health and social, educational and emotional wellbeing of looked-after children and young people in care. This and a published quality standard for people with dementia are the first by NICE to be concerned with social care. 

The quality standard for the health and wellbeing of looked-after children and young people defines best practice for the health and wellbeing of looked-after children and young people. NICE quality standards describe high-priority areas for quality improvement in a defined care or service area.

This quality standard covers the health and wellbeing of looked-after children and young people from birth to 18 years and care leavers (including young people planning to leave care or under leaving care provisions). It applies to all settings and services working with and caring for looked-after children and young people, and care leavers, including where they live.

The quality standard can be accessed here.

For the latest statistics, released by the Office for National Statistics, concerning children's wellbeing more generally, please click here.