It is thought that around one child in 20 aged between five and 16 suffers from a conduct disorder, which results in persistent and often extreme misbehaviour. The new guidelines have been created by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) and the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) to help parents spot these conditions in their children.
All children misbehave from time to time, but the way children with conduct disorders act is very different.
The main difference is that children with conduct disorders misbehave persistently at school and at home. Their actions are usually more extreme as well – they may steal, fight, vandalise property or even hurt people and animals.
Prof Steven Pilling helped to develop the guidelines...