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This course is aimed at practitioners working with young people who may be self harming.

It is thought at least 13% of young people may try to hurt themselves on purpose at some point between the ages of 11 and 16 and all agencies have a duty to identify who may be at risk, open up communication and intervene effectively to protect young people. Young people in care are particularly vulnerable. Read more …

dates, venues and booking
For information about when and where the next courses are running, please see below. Read more …

the course

This course ensures practitioners understand what to look for and how to respond to a young person who may be self-harming.

Developed with young people the course aims to challenge and build confidence in practitioners’ skills to listen and respond to young people, effective intervention strategies and knowing when and how to involve other agencies.

Those who work predominantly with children, young people and/or their parents/carers and who could potentially contribute to assessing, planning, intervening and reviewing the needs of a child and parenting capacity where there are safeguarding concerns.

For example: residential workers, paediatricians, GPs, youth workers, those working in the early years sector, residential staff, midwives, school nurses, sexual health staff, teachers, probation staff, police (including those in specialist child protection roles) sports club welfare officers, those working with adults in, for example, learning disability, mental health, alcohol and drug misuse services, those working in community play schemes.

By the end of the course participants will:

  • have increased professional skills in listening and responding to young people who self harm
  • understand the causes of self harm to be a manifestation of externalising behaviour during emotional distress
  • develop strategies to manage and assess risky behaviour, identifying when to seek additional help
  • have greater confidence in managing difficult conversations with all involved
  • gain a greater understanding of treatment and the roles and responsibilities of partner agencies
  • be familiar with the DSCB protocol around self harming behaviour in young people and escalation protocol.

booking and dates

At this time there are no courses scheduled. If you are looking for an individual place please fill in the form on the right. If you want to book the course for your organisation or setting please contact us.

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