Course Overview

This course raises awareness about self-harm and children and young people; why young people self-harm, the different types of self-harm, who is vulnerable to it and how to help young people recover. This online session can be accessed via a variety of electronic devices. This online course can be accessed via a range of platforms including IOS and Android, the programme benefits from an animated scenes and activities with ongoing assessment making it engaging and interactive.

This course offers a blended learning approach including a short scenario, a workbook, infographics.

Aims & Objectives

  • Explain what self-harm is
  • Why children might resort to self harming and the problems associated with it
  • Identify some of the signs that could indicate a child is self-harming
  • Identify different forms of self-harm
  • Identify groups that are vulnerable to self-harm
  • Describe/demonstrate how to talk to a child who is self-harming using a sensitive and understanding approach
  • Identify appropriate support to a child who is self-harming
  • List possible substitutions and recovery strategies that child can try
  • Advise how you can raise the issue with a child you suspect is self-harming
  • Emphasise the need to follow the children’s home Self-harm Policy regarding reporting and recording

Course Audience

This course is aimed at residential care staff, specialist health and education staff working with children, youth leaders and practitioners.

Course Duration

This course will take a minimum of 45 minutes to complete.


This course is accredited by Open Awards – Badge of Excellence

Course Curriculum

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