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Conduct disorders

We provide needs assessments and support related to conduct disorders for children and young people in education, at home, and in community settings.

What are conduct disorders?

Conduct disorders are defined as a child or young person repeatedly (over several months or more) carrying out antisocial, aggressive or defiant acts that persistently go against age-appropriate social expectations.

Conduct disorders are characterised by unfavourable behaviour, which can include being physically aggressive and showing a disregard towards others. Children and young people with conduct disorders can display cruel behaviours from an early age, including:

Conduct disorders commonly happen with other conditions or disorders, the most common being attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) . Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) is a type of conduct disorder.

Following an initial discussion, conduct disorders services can be carried out. Please see our process below.

Our process

At HSR Psychology we ensure that we meet the needs of children and young people. To achieve this we ensure that any specific assessments, intervention, or direct work, is only carried out following an initial discussion.

An initial discussion allows us to understand the background and your expectations of our involvement. Having an initial discussion ensures any services we provide appropriately identify or address needs.

Our process for any specific assessments, intervention, or direct work is as follows:

Step 1: Contact us

We will usually be contacted by the child or young person, parent or carer, or another professional (eg education or health).

You can contact us or complete a referral

Step 2: Arrange an initial discussion

An initial discussion allows us to understand the background and your expectations of our involvement. Arrange an initial discussion

Step 3: Review our recommendations

Following an initial discussion we will send you an email that includes:

  • Next steps recommendations - to provide a bespoke package of support. For example:
    • Assessments
    • Reports
    • Information gathering
    • Meeting
    • Interventions
    • Consultancy
    • Reviews
  • Costing - we will provide costings for any services recommended.

Step 4: Let's get started

On receipt of the next steps recommendations and costing you can decide how to proceed. Once you have decided contact us to arrange the chosen services.

How do we assess for conduct disorders?

We can provide assessments of need looking at the main areas of conduct difficulties. To assess for conduct disorder the following should be included:

Clinical interview

The clinical interview will include talking to the young person or child, as well as their parents or carers, about their development and significant events in their life. Parenting styles and approaches would also be asked about.

Psychometric assessments

These assessments would include checklists, questionnaires and would look at a child’s cognitive and academic abilities. 

Risk assessment

Due to the nature of conduct disorders, the HSR Psychology professional would assess the risk for the child or young person based on their behaviours and needs. 


Observing the child or young person helps the HSR Psychology professional to see how the child or young person reacts to certain everyday situations.

What happens once the assessment is complete?

Once the assessment is complete, needs are then identified in order to recommend future steps, these needs may involve underlying needs such as a learning or language difficulty causing the conduct. A specialist intervention targets the specific difficulties related to conduct and may be carried out by HSR Psychology or directed to an alternative appropriate service. Any needs identified can be explained in a brief or a comprehensive report. This will be talked about during the initial discussion.

What specialist interventions do we offer?

Our psychologists offer various types of interventions that are appropriate for conduct disorders. They will assign interventions depending on the individual and their individual circumstances. Interventions that we provide include:

We will talk about interventions and establish agreement before starting. They can provide children, young people, as well as families with strategies to help support them now and in the future.

Arrange an Initial Discussion

Arrange an Initial Discussion to find out how we can help. The initial discussion lasts 1-1.5 hours, comes with a written recommendation summary and is a starting point to identify needs. The cost is £180.

  • No waiting lists
  • Experienced psychologists
  • Includes recommendation summary

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Accurately identifying needs helps to address needs so that children and young people can be happy, safe and ready for life’s challenges. If you would like an assessment for conduct disorders for a child or young person, please feel free to contact us to find out how we can help.

What makes us different

Access to a named psychologist

Focus on mental health and wellbeing

Joined-up approach

Bespoke services to meet needs

Multidisciplinary team

Holistic approach

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Flexible, consistent, and competitively priced

We provide bespoke solutions to suit all budgets and requirements for children and young people aged 0-25 in homes, education settings and the community. Our clinical, educational and child psychology services are cost effective.

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Make a referral

To make a referral and arrange an initial discussion please complete our referral form.

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Contact us

Ready to get started? The next step is to speak to our team to find out more about the services we provide and how we can help. Call us on 0161 820 9229 or email

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