Self-harm Awareness



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 top help young people recover. This e-learning session can be accessed via a variety of electronic devices. The programme benefits from animated scenarios and activities with on-going assessment making it engaging and interactive.

Aims & objectives

  • explain what self-harm is
  • why CYP might resort to self harming and the problems associated with it
  • identify some of the signs that could indicate a CYP is self-harming
  • identify different forms of self-harm
  • identify groups that are vulnerable to self-harming
  • describe/demonstrate how to talk to a CYP who is self-harming using a sensitive and understanding approach
  • identify appropriate support to a CYP who is self-harming
  • list possible substitutions and recovery strategies that CYP can try
  • advise how you can raise the issue with a CYP you suspect is self-harming
  • emphasise the need to follow the children’s home Self-harm Policy regarding reporting and recording


Course Audience – Practitioners in the Looked After Children’s Sector

Course length – 20-30 minutes


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