Whilst it is almost impossible to say how many young people are self-harming. This is because very few teenagers tell anyone what’s going on, so it’s incredibly difficult to keep records or have an accurate idea of scale. It is thought that around 13% of young people may try to hurt themselves on purpose at some point between the ages of 11 and 16, but the actual figure could be much higher.
In 2014, figures were published suggesting a 70% increase in 10-14-year olds attending A&E for self-harm related reasons over the preceding 2 years.
Girls are thought to be more likely to self-harm than boys, but this could be because boys are more likely to engage in behaviours such as punching a wall, which isn’t always recognised as self-harm or doesn’t come to the attention of hospitals. In reality, self-harm doesn’t happen to one type of person, it can’t be predicted and scarily, we don’t really know how many people are going through it.
This training aims to support front line staff in schools to better understand self-harm, to develop the skills and confidence to have helpful conversations with young people about self-harm, and to plan what to do next in a safe, simple and effective way.
The training is based on evidence-based research and from research with young people with experience of self-harm.
The course will cover
- What is self-harm? Common myths and assumptions
- Self-harm as a signal: Understanding the story behind self-harm
- Thinking about risk: When to act, how to act
- Putting it into practice: Listen, plan, act, feedback
- Talking about self-harm – having effective conversations with young people
- Effective actions around self-harm
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