Understanding and Addressing Self Harm in Bradford's Schools

Understanding and Addressing Self Harm in Bradford's Schools

Mental Health in Schools Strategy Group: Aiming to  

•         Deliver a core offer across Bradford schools

•         Harness and maximise existing resources

•         Respond to local needs

•         Build on evidence based practice and pilot and quality assure new initiatives


Here you can download the Bradford Self Harm Policy Launch Presentation


Welcome to the Self-harm in children and young people Handbook

Rates of self-harm have increased in the UK over the past decade and are among the highest in Europe. Moreover rates of self-harm are much higher among groups with high levels of poverty and in adolescents and younger adults.

Self-harm results in about 150,000 attendances at accident and emergency departments each year and is one of the top five causes of acute medical admission.

All staff working with children and young people, whether in universal, targeted or specialist services, are likely to encounter children or young people who self-harm at some point in their working lives. Self-harm is distressing for all concerned and many who work in children’s services feel ill equipped to deal with it.

Ignorance, fear and misunderstanding may be a reason why the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE, 2004) has found that staff frequently have a negative attitude towards those who carry out acts of self-harm, particularly those who harm themselves repeatedly.

This Handbook is designed to provide basic knowledge and awareness of the facts and issues behind self-harm in children and young people, with advice about ways staff in children’s services can respond. It is not a definitive guide and does not replace official guidance issued by professional bodies or government policy, but provides a clear and simple starting point for easy reference.

Each section of this Handbook is accompanied by a brief summary of relevant evidence and references to source material. The full set of references is also provided at the end. It can be printed or viewed on a computer and can be navigated easily by following the links on the Contents page, or using the colour coding for each section.

All those working with children and young people need to

 understand self-harm and the underlying reasons for it

 be able to act sensitively and appropriately in supporting each child or young person to be emotionally well

 contribute to tackling the societal and professional attitudes that create stigma.


We hope this Handbook will enable you to feel confident in dealing with children and young people who self-harm.


Here you can download the Self-harm in Children and young people Handbook



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