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Professor Stephen Pilling told Daybreak that children with conduct disorder require a "different way of parenting".
He added that families are not to blame when children are challenging, but parents do need help to get the best out of their child.
- Classes for parents will be offered where the child is three to 11 years old
- Local authorities should offer older children from nine to 14 years old their own group social and cognitive problem-solving classes
- Children aged 11 to 17 should be offered a "multimodal intervention", where one case manager will look at the conditions affecting the child across all settings, including home, school, social and criminal justice
Prof Pilling, who worked on the guidance suggesting classes for parents of children with conduct disorders, said treating the disorder would save money that would otherwise be spent in the criminal justice system.
Training is to be offered to parents of children with conduct disorders.
According to NICE, such a disorder can be identified by persistent and severe anti-social behaviour across different contexts, including:
- Social settings
Conduct disorders develop in children as they get older, affecting seven per cent of boys and three per cent of girls aged five to ten years old.
Source: National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice)
Professor Peter Fonagy, who worked on the guidance, suggesting parents of children with conduct disorders should be trained on behavioural approach said, parents should avoid using the word "no".
He said that if children misbehave, the parents response is not always the most rational, most reasonable or most effective.
Classes are to be given to parents of children with conduct disorders on how to manage anti-social behaviour, under guidance published today by health officials.
Experts said the training will teach parents to encourage positive behaviour instead of focusing on punishment and simply telling them "no".
A raft of recommendations have been drawn up by the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice) and the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), to help parents deal with children demonstrating repeated behavioural problems.