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As many as a fifth (22%) of teenage girls self-harm, whilst rates in boys are 9%. As a professional, it’s increasingly likely that at some point you will be faced with a self-harm disclosure - but how would you respond? This course will give you the confidence and knowledge to respond and offer the right support.

Course Info


5 February 2020






Greyfriars Church, Friar Street, Reading, RG1 1EH










Reading Station


Local parking available (charges apply)

If you have any questions about this course please contact Mulkina on 01582 748901 or email [email protected]



Self-harm essential knowledge



Who's it for?

  • School pastoral staff, teachers and senior managers
  • Social workers
  • Youth workers
  • Others working with young people

Course outline

The rise in the numbers of young people harming is well documented but it’s still a much-misunderstood issue. The first thing many people who self-harm will tell you is that self-harm is not the problem but an attempt to cope with overwhelming feelings, anxiety or emotional pain. It’s often done in secret, with parents and friends unaware of what’s happening. It can be addictive and dangerous – hospital admissions for self-harm have risen by 68% in the last decade.

In this course you’ll understand the different reasons why young people harm, what triggers them and how it affects the body and mind. You’ll also discover how to respond when someone discloses that they’re harming, and how to help them find different and safer ways of coping. We’ll outline a range of support strategies and resources you can use in your own setting, and explain the different kinds of professional help available.

Learning outcomes

  • An understanding of the causes and types of self-harm, including triggers
  • An overview of the latest research on self-harm in young people
  • How to respond to a disclosure from a young person
  • Alternative coping strategies for young people to deal with overwhelming emotions
  • How to support a young person who is self-harming and where to get further help

All delegates receive a training pack containing a range of ready-to-use worksheets and resources, a Certificate of Attendance, and 10% off all Youthscape resources purchased on the day.

"Interactive and informative. The presenter was passionate about the subject and extremely knowledgeable on the subject."

Joanna King

"The resources we were given were fantastic. I also found that being able to recognise symptoms and then know what to do have been really helpful in my work."

Rebecca Post

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