Violence and aggression: short-term management in mental health, health and community settings : guidance (NG10)

NICE Accredited

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence - NICE
Publication date:
28 May 2015


This guideline covers the short-term management of violence and aggression in adults (aged 18 and over), young people (aged 13 to 17) and children (aged 12 and under). It is relevant for mental health, health and community settings. The guideline aims to safeguard both staff and people who use services by helping to prevent violent situations and providing guidance to manage them safely when they occur.


This guideline includes recommendations on:

Who is it for?

  • Healthcare professionals
  • Adults, young people and children with a mental health problem who use services in mental health, health and community settings, and their families and carers

Is this guideline up to date?

We checked this guideline in December 2019 and it will be updated.

Guideline development process

How we develop NICE guidelines

This guideline updates and replaces NICE guideline CG25 (February 2005).