An Introduction

An Introduction

On these pages you will find the following information and resources:

  • Overview of the Self Harm in Schools Strategy
  • Suggested Protocol Policy for Schools
  • Bradford Self Harm Recording Proforma
  • Young Minds Booklet on Self Harm to share with pupils and parents
  • Links to other resources and websites

This Self Harm in Schools Strategy comes from the Educational Psychology Team who lead on the Mental Health Champions in Schools project. The project is managed by Dr. Claire Cooper-Jones, Specialist Senior Educational Psychologist. Enquires can be made via

We aim to deliver universal actions to raise awareness and understanding about Mental Health Matters, and to reduce anxiety, shame and stigma about Mental Health. Understanding and addressing self harm is an important aspect of this.  We know that self harm is on the increase.  We know that young people are especially vulnerable to self harm.  We know schools have skilled and committed staff dedicated to supporting vulnerable young people, but that there are different approaches to addressing self harm in Bradford Schools.  The policy also offers guidance on how to respond to young people  to contain the contagion effect which is associated with self harm.

The draft policy aims to address some of the anxieties which school staff have.  It aims to build consistent practice across Bradford.  We hope it will provide reassurance to school staff about appropriate action, and when and how to refer on if appropriate.

We hope that using the recording protocol will enable us to collate anonymised information about the number of young people who self harm in Bradford, and that this in turn will help us to target preventative action and interventions effectively.

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