Understanding & Working With Children and Young People Who Self harm

Training courses for all of those working with and caring for children and young people.

Self-harm is an umbrella term for any behaviour, action or habit, which can cause damage to your health. This can include cutting, but also includes overeating, taking drugs, smoking and drinking too much alcohol.

It’s a wide area that covers a whole range of actions.

One of the most difficult situations carers, parents and workers face is when confronted with a young person who deliberately harms her/himself. Whether it is a one off or a regular occurrence, it causes a gamut of strong feelings from intense anger through to fear, anxiety and sadness.

Caring and parenting for children is partly about helping them make their lives more positive, acts of self-harm can lead the carers, workers, teachers to feel a strong sense of failure and helplessness.


This 1 day course meets the requirements of National Minimum Standards for all those working and caring for children.