• Self-harm in Young People

    This is a bespoke in-house face to face training course on Self-harm.

    The aim of this course is to provide learners with an understanding of some of the prominent issues in self-harm and young people. This would enable them to identify discriminatory practices and better equip them to be able to implement good practice.

    Mental health problems affect 1 in every 10 children and young people in the UK. The incidence of mental health problems increases as children reach adolescence.

    According to a WHO study (2014) shows 20% of 15 year olds self-harm and there has been a 70% increase in 2014 of 10-14 year old presenting to A and E with self harm.

    These figures are based on the general population, but some experts believe that up to 60% of looked after children and 72% of children in residential care could have mental health problems and are at increased risk of self-harm.

    The majority of these young people experience poor health, educational and social outcomes after they have left the care system. Studies suggest that children and care leavers may be 4-5 times more likely to attempt suicide in adulthood. They are also more likely to get into trouble with the police and have difficulties with employment.

    The course looks at individual and family risk factors for a young person self-harming as well as gender differences.

    The course considers the effect of societal pressures and looks at the signs and symptoms there may be that a young person may be self-harming.

    The course also looks at strategies that can be used at home as well as other places to access support.

    The course:

    The training session is bespoke and therefore designed to meet your needs. The session takes into account the different learning styles of participants and has aspects that are auditory, visual and kinaesthetic. The course can contain a combination of slides, videos, interactive exercises and case studies. Participants are encouraged to make use of the training pack to help with their learning.

    By the end of the course Participants should be able to:

    • Identify different types of self-harm
    • Explain the signs and symptoms that a young person may be self-harming
    • Assess how the young people can best be supported and identify strategies to achieve this
    • Understand the process of accessing support