Topic SEN Disability Mental Health 1

Responding to self-harm among children and adolescents: Suggestions for practice (2019)

Published: 23/08/2019

Author: Flood S


This resource complements the Understanding self-harm among children and adolescents: Frontline Briefing and is designed to support practitioners in their everyday practice to use research evidence in relation to self-harm.

The four core sections address:

  1. What is meant by self-harm, as well as signs of, and risk factors associated with, self-harm.
  2. Reasons why young people self-harm and links between suicide and self-harm.
  3. How to respond to disclosures of self-harm and engage with young people, including assessments.
  4. Guidance on multi-agency working, including working with children and young people’s mental health services.

Professional Standards

PQS:KSS - Lead and govern excellent practice | Support effective decision-making | Promote and govern excellent practice | Developing excellent practitioners | Shaping and influencing the practice system | Relationships and effective direct work | Communication | Child development | Child and family assessment | Analysis, decision-making, planning and review

PCF - Critical reflection and analysis | Intervention and skills