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NICE issues behaviour guidelines to help parents

27th March 2013

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has published guidelines to help parents identify if their child could have a behavioural problem which needs to be treated.


NICE's guidelines said around one in 20 children from the ages of five to 16 suffers from a "conduct disorder" where they display signs of "persistent misbehaviour", such as stealing, vandalism and fighting.

Prof Steven Pilling, who worked on the guidelines, said: "Children with conduct disorders are different. It's not a bit of tantruming or getting into trouble now and then. It's picking up the 14in TV and throwing it through the window."

"Firmness and saying 'No' is not the solution for these children. We need to get parents to switch the focus from being controlling and punitive to encouraging positive behaviour," he said. 


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