NICE guidance on child abuse and neglect
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NICE guidance on child abuse and neglect

Erin Dean Freelance health journalist

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. It can have serious adverse health and social consequences, for example, affecting growth and increasing the likelihood of antisocial behaviour and suicidal thoughts.

Nursing Standard. 32, 12, 15-15. doi: 10.7748/ns.32.12.15.s11

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