NICE depression in children and young people guideline

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This summary covers assessing people aged 5–18 years for depression and appropriate management strategies based on severity

Children and young people and their families need good information, given as part of a collaborative and supportive relationship with healthcare professionals, and need to be able to give fully informed consent.

Healthcare professionals involved in the detection, assessment or treatment of children or young people with depression should ensure that information is provided to the patient and their parents and carers at an appropriate time. The information should be age appropriate and should cover the nature, course and treatment of depression, including the likely side effect profile of medication should this be offered.

Healthcare professionals involved in the treatment of children or young people with depression should take time to build a supportive and collaborative relationship with both the patient and the family or carers.

Healthcare professionals should make all efforts necessary to engage the child or young person and their parents or carers in treatment decisions, taking full account of patient and parental/carer expectations, so that the patient and their parents or carers can give meaningful and properly informed consent before treatment is initiated.

Families and carers should be informed of self-help groups and support groups and be encouraged to participate in such programmes where appropriate… 

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