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Self Harm & Suicide Awareness in Children & Young People

Event/course Code SFVSS 18/234
Event/course type Workshop
Event Introduction “Self-harm is more common than many people realise, especially among younger people. It's estimated around 10% of young people self-harm at some point, but people of all ages do. This figure is also likely to be an underestimate, as not everyone seeks help.”

“Self harm is difficult to accurately estimate, but the highest number of admissions to hospital for self harm is in the 15-25 year old age group” (Self Harm in Kingston Annual Public Health Report, H. Raison, 2014)

NICE Guidelines (2011) suggest that both clinical and non-clinical staff who have contact with people who self-harm in any setting should be provided with appropriate training to equip them to understand and care for people who have self-harmed.

Professionals working with people who self-harm should aim to develop a trusting, supportive and engaging relationship with them, being aware of the stigma and discrimination sometimes associated with self-harm and adopt a non-judgemental approach.

Event Content This full day will cover: National Guidance, factors associated with the development and maintenance of self harm and recommended treatments. It will also explore issues around consent and confidentiality, particularly in relation to young people, and provide space to explore delegates’ dilemmas in relation to this. It will include the “voice” of young people and families in order to share their experiences of self harm and explore issues in relation to rights and responsibilities.

There will also be an opportunity to consider risk issues and being able to assess risk. Information will be provided about available resources and accessing help and support. There will be reflective space for delegates to consider their own reactions and responses in relation to self harm and how this may impact on working with this patient group.

Previous participants have felt that the training has enabled them to “have a better understanding of self harm and suicide and have the confidence to speak to children and young people about it and be able to help any young person who makes such a disclosure. I also think that I could point young people in the direction of where to get help; useful websites, posters in school” as well as a “greater awareness in work and in life. Greater confidence in appropriately and effectively dealing with any cases of self harm.”

The course will be led by Dr Jo Steer (Clinical Psychologist) and Dr Sarah Head (Counselling Psychologist), who are both senior leaders from the Emotional Health Service (EHS). Jo and Sarah have extensive experience in working with children and young people with a range of mental health problems including self harm. Jo and Sarah have both worked in Tier 3 CAMHS before working for Achieving for Children’s EHS.
Event Learning Outcomes By the end of the course delegates will:

• Be able to describe what self-harm is and some of the reasons why young people may self-harm.
• Demonstrate more confidence in discussing self-harm with young people and their carers.
• Show an increased understanding of what interventions are appropriate for self-harm from both universal, targeted and specialist services.
• Be able to give examples of what services and resources are available locally to support young people who self-harm.
Trainers Sarah Head / Jo Steer
Course categories Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health
Age Ranges
0 - 5 yrs No 5 - 7 yrs No 7 - 11 yrs No 11 - 19 yrs No 19 yrs No 
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SessionSession DateSession TimeSession VenueMap
Session 1Wednesday 26 June 201909:30 - 16:30Twickenham Training Centre, 53 Grimwood Road, TW1 1BY