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Self Harm


Course Description

Being able to identify and understand self-harm and its causes is crucial for anyone who works with vulnerable children, young people or adults.  This training will help learners to understand what to do if they suspect someone is potentially self-harming.

Mental health problems among children and young people appear to be on the rise, so self-harm awareness and an understanding of how to support young people who are at risk of self-harm is vital for anyone who has safeguarding responsibilities.

This course covers types of self-harm, reasons for an indicators of someone self-harming, and how to identify and help someone who is harming themselves.

This course covers the following:

  • A definition of self-harm and how to identify it
  • The prevalence of self-harm, and relevant statistics
  • Links between self-harm and mental wellbeing
  • Acts of self-harm
  • The self-harm cycle
  • Risk factors for self-harm in both children and adults

The course includes a range of scenarios to enable the learner to reflect on own practice and engage in their learning, it also includes knowledge checks throughout.

Who is it for?

Roles including:

  • Teachers
  • Teaching assistants
  • Education workers
  • Social workers
  • Volunteers
  • Police officers


On completion of this course, you will be able to download a Virtual College certificate.


Approximately 1-2 hours.  The length of time taken depends entirely on how quickly you can study and absorb the material.  You can proceed as quickly or slowly as you like.

Please note that whilst this e-learning course is free, failure to complete within 30 days of allocation will result in a £15 charge.

To register for this course, please click here


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