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NICE issues clinical guidelines to help spot child maltreatment

New guidance for healthcare workers published

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has issued a new set of clinical guidelines to help healthcare professionals to identify children who may have been maltreated.

The guidance sets out 'alerting features' of physical, sexual and emotional abuse; neglect and fabricated or induced illness with the aim of encouraging healthcare professionals

"to think holistically when a child presents so that they think about what they see, hear and any other information they receive to help them build up a picture."

The new guidelines can be found in full on the NICE website.