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Understanding Self-Injury in Children and Teenagers

Tuesday 14 Sep 2021


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This masterclass is for anyone who wants to explore self-injury from a young person’s perspective. We examine how normalised this behaviour has become, and how young people are bombarded with self-injury content. We consider the effects of the pandemic; KOOTH figures showed a 45% increase in calls about self-injury on the previous year. We listen to young people; why they do it and what they get out if it. Teenagers have shared with us what adults do that helps and what doesn’t. We have worked with wider agencies and created both broad and focused guidance, including how siblings can be supported. Our Parent’s Session, created to promote understanding and better communication, is discussed. We address topics such as whether or not to hide sharps.

You will hear in detail from one young person, about their long relationship with self-injury, and what being under CAMHS meant for them. What helped the most - what they wish adults had and hadn’t done - and how practitioners can make small changes that would mean everything. We share our resources and how you might use them. 

”The thing that made the biggest difference in my life was knowing someone cared enough to listen.”

Tyler 2BU

Key Learning Points:

  • COVID-19 context; what the pandemic has done
  • Walk in their shoes; how bombarded teens are with pro-injury information
  • Chemical and emotional – what it’s like to have a teenage brain (because adults forget…)
  • Deeper understanding of why teenagers self-injure, and what it does for them
  • Support strategies and suggestions; what teens have told us helps and why
  • Navigating with parents and wider agencies
  • How to use our resources
  • What it’s like to be under CAMHS – a young person’s experience 

Facilitated by:

Kate and Zoe created the Self-injury Pathway Project, a hugely successful 2-year CAMHS pilot, achieving 100% uptake from Somerset’s secondary and middle schools. Central to everything was the time spent with Participation Groups and Somerset’s LGBTQ+ Group for young people, 2BU. This resulted in celebrated training, Guides, resources and a ground-breaking film. Two years of research also meant incorporating the latest findings from books and studies from leaders in this field. Zoe worked for 4 years as a teacher in Hospital School; seeing firsthand how young people and their families were affected by self-injury. Kate worked in a Pupil Referral Unit and Forest School, and both have worked in mainstream settings across key stages. Kate featured on Surviving Self-Harm; a File on 4 documentary, and is currently writing a book. Zoe and Kate launched the Akeso Partnership in May 2021, continuing the work they are so passionately committed to.. 

Virtual Attendance

Our online virtual events include a combination of live webcam presentations, training materials, video sessions and interactive exercises and discussion.

All you need is a quiet space, a good internet connection and PC or laptop with camera and microphone to allow you to see, hear and speak to the facilitator and other delegates. We will provide full instructions for accessing the platform along with login details. 

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In-house Training

This course can be held at your organisation for up 25 delegates, we can tailor the content to suit your organisation and CPD needs of your staff. Led by experienced and highly rated trainers, in-house training works out cost-effective for groups and saves travel time.

Contact katym@hc-uk.org.uk with your requirements for further information and a quote.

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Additional delegate discount:

A discount of 15% will be applied to fees for any extra delegates.

Online discount:

A discount of 10% will be applied if you pay using the website.

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