Essential Knowledge (plus additional modules)

Self-harm Essential Knowledge Course

10-13% of all young people between the ages of 11 and 16 years old are affected by self-harm

The scale of the problem has dramatically grown over the last decade and disclosures around self-harm have become a frequent occurrence.

Many professionals feel overwhelmed by the issue and are often unsure about how to effectively react, feeling they know little about the subject and often fearing they will make the issue worse by responding in the wrong way. SelfharmUK is an organisation working with young people impacted by self-harm. As part of our work we run a national training programme for anyone engaging with young people professionally. Our courses are designed for those working with 11-19 year olds in education, health, local authorities or the voluntary sector but are as relevant for those working with vulnerable adults. 

This 3-hour course is ideal for those who want to confidently offer constructive and practical support to young people who self-harm. This training suits teachers, youth workers, those offering pastoral support in schools and anyone else who has professional involvement with young people.

  • An overview of the latest research on the extent of self-harm among young people and the particular groups at highest risk
  • An understanding of why young people self-harm and key steps to help young people reduce their harming
  • How to respond to self-harm disclosure
  • Alternative coping strategies for individuals who self-harm
  • The impact of online communities and Social Media
  • An understanding of physical and emotional indicators of self-harm
  • Where to refer young people to specialist support for self-harm and an introduction to the resources that are available.  

Additional self-harm one-hour modules

In conjunction with the Self-harm Essential Knowledge Course, Youthscape offer a range of one-hour bespoke modules around the subject of self-harm, allowing the training you receive to be tailored to the needs of your school/organisation.  These sessions are held on the same day as the Essential Knowledge course and are priced per module.

Practical response and support session:

In addition to the Essential Knowledge Course, this module takes you step by step through running a support session for a young person who self-harms, along with practical role play exercises for starting conversation around disclosure.

Creating self-harm policy:

Working with children and young people brings with it a number of issues that need to be carefully navigated. Comprehensive policies and procedures ensure everyone works consistently, and helps maintain the wellbeing of those in our care. Self- harm policy covers all of these issues, and ensures everyone involved has clarity
and direction about how best to support the young person concerned as well as ensuring good practice from a safeguarding perspective. This one-hour module helps you develop policy for your organisation as well as sample policies to read, discuss and critique.

Impact on families and professionals:

Self-harm can have a huge impact on both families and professionals, how do we put good structures in place to look after ourselves, alongside offering guidance to parents and siblings? This one-hour module looks at the ripple effect self-harm can have and gives key methods of reflective practice for staff as well as signposting help for families.

Supporting in a residential capacity:

Supporting young people in a residential capacity, presents very different issues and areas that need to be considered. This one-hour module looks at methods to encourage communication and write a crisis plan with those you are supporting.

For more information on arranging a session for your organisation, please contact

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25 Sep, 2019


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16 Oct, 2019


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05 Jun, 2019


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