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self harm

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 one day course is suitable for practitioners, managers, carers, nominated individuals, or volunteers working directly with young people who self-harm, either in the community or care settings.

Delegates will explore the emotions behind self-harming behaviour and learn how to manage and effectively communicate with children and young people who self-harm in the community or residential settings. The course can be tailored depending on the work context and the level of interaction the organisation has with children, young people and their families/carers.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand what is meant by self-harm and its relationship to para-suicide and suicide

  • Understand the risk factors for self-harm

  • Explore their own assumptions, beliefs and attitudes to self-harm

  • Gain a greater awareness of why young people self-harm

  • Consider what is meant by the ‘contagion effect’ and the impact of the media on self-harm

  • Understand how to assess self-harm and talk about suicidal ideation

  • Understand what is meant by risk minimisation and safety planning

  • Consider how best to respond, ‘in the moment’, to young people who are self-harming or threatening to self-harm

  • Explore techniques to support young people to manage self-harm such distraction, displacement and delaying

  • Explore support services and resources that are available both for young people and those supporting them

  • Consider how working with young people who self-harm impacts them and the importance of self-care and reflective practice

the trainer

Darren Beattie has had a varied career with roles in the Police and Social Care which led to him becoming Head of Service for a Secure Children’s Home for over ten years. Darren was responsible for a large multi-disciplinary team and successfully embedded trauma informed practice.

This therapeutic approach ensured children and young people received excellent standards of care which was formally recognised by Ofsted and their awarding judgments.

Darren’s passion for organisations to be trauma informed led to the creation of a customised qualification for staff working in all secure settings for children and young people.

Darren was the Vice Chair of the Secure Accommodation Network (SAN) for several years with a focus on welfare children and young people within secure children’s homes.

Darren is in the process of setting up a new residential service whilst continuing his training and consultancy roles.

booking and dates

The course is £132+VAT, inclusive of lunch and refreshments.

If you have booked five places the sixth place is free.

CHANASAP, NAFPSW Forum, and RI Network members receive a 25% discount – members price is £99+VAT

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