Self-harm: guidance for staff in further education colleges

Further education

A detailed guidance booklet for college staff on the topic of self-harm, explaining how staff can help if they are concerned about a student.

Self-harm is the deliberate act of causing harm to the self, with or without an intention to die from this harm.

Research suggest that 1 in 4 young women and 1 in 10 young men have self-harmed at some point in their life. Self harm rates have also risen fastest among young people since 2000.

From our conversations with college staff, we know that self-harm among students is a common concern for staff members.

The resource includes information on:

  • why young people self-harm
  • signs to spot in students
  • how to start a conversation with a student if you're concerned
  • further ways to support students
  • who else to involve

Using this resource

This resource is designed for:

  • use by staff in further education colleges

 

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