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Self-harm in Children and Adults

Subject category: Mental Health

Course overview

This course has been developed for learners who are working with children and adults who are at risk of self-harming, and is aimed at those working in a wide range of settings including residential care homes, residential children’s homes, hospitals and working within the community in peoples own homes. The course is designed to raise awareness of the issues of self-harm and how those in a caring role can understand and react. The course will provide staff with a clear understanding of the dysfunctional cycles that lead to self-harm and the psychological and bio-medical elements that impact on it.
This course is delivered using a range of methods and resources including:
Case studies, group discussions, small group activities and DVD clips.
This course has been developed and mapped to:
The Care Act 2014
Children (Leaving Care) Act 2000
Children Act 2004
Making Safeguarding Personal

And the following QCF unit:
Principles of Safeguarding and Protection in Health and Social Care

Course content

What is self-harm?
Self-damaging behaviours, including suicide & suicidal ideation
Self-harm as a coping strategy
What makes a service user vulnerable to self-harm?
Signs of self-harm
Barriers that might prevent a person from wanting support for their self-harm
The Dysfunctional Cycle
Responding with intervention models
Empowering the individual
Recording and reporting
Emotional impact on staff/carers
Current research, publications and resources

Learning outcomes

Describe signs of self-harm and self-damaging behaviours, including suicidal ideation
State how to respond to both situations involving individuals self-harming and coping strategies
List ways to reduce the likelihood of self-harm
Explain why there may be barriers that may prevent individuals from reporting self-harm
Describe the different strategies that can support individuals that self-neglect
Explain the importance of empowering individuals and the benefits this brings 
State how to record and report incidences of self-harm


7 hours

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