NICE: Children’s Attachment Consultation Now Open
Monday 23 May 2016

Consultation is now open on the draft children’s attachment quality standard.

The draft children’s attachment quality standard is now available on the NICE website for consultation. The consultation period starts today, Monday 23rd May, and finishes at 5pm on Tuesday 21st June. NICE greatly value all contributions into the quality standard development process and have found consultation feedback extremely helpful in their work on previous quality standards. Therefore they encourage you to comment.

The draft children’s attachment quality standard, along with the instructions and documents required to submit your comments, can be accessed by following this link:

If your organisation wishes to register as a stakeholder for this quality standard further details can be found by clicking here.  Please note if you are submitting comments as an individual there is no need to register.

Please ensure all responses are submitted electronically using the comments pro forma (ensuring all relevant fields are completed, including your organisation’s full name, if applicable). Responses must be submitted to by 5pm on Tuesday 21st June.

Following consultation a summary of the consultation comments, prepared by the NICE quality standards team, and the full set of consultation comments will be shared with the Quality Standards Advisory Committee (QSAC).  The QSAC discussions on the stakeholder comments and the associated decisions will then be summarised in the QSAC meeting minutes. When the quality standard publishes all stakeholders that submitted comments will be sent a link to the minutes on the NICE website so that they may see how their comments were considered by the committee when finalising the quality standard.  Comments received from non registered stakeholders and individuals are reviewed by the Committee. A formal response is not given and these comments are not made available on the NICE website. However, if they result in changes to the guideline this is recorded in the Committee meeting minutes.

Supporting organisations
If you would like your organisation to formally support the children’s attachment quality standard please email  to express an interest or indicate your interest on the comments pro forma.

Those who formally support quality standards must be:
• National patient, service users, carer, voluntary, charity and non-governmental organisations that are run by, or directly reflect the perspectives of people who use services, carers or client groups, and represent the interests of people whose care is covered by the quality standard.
• National organisations that represent the professionals and practitioners who provide the care or services described in the quality standard.
• National organisations that represent commissioners or providers of the care or services described in the quality standard.
• Statutory organisations (an organisation set up by government for a specific purpose) including Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC).