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Self-Harm and Suicidal thoughts in Children and Young People

Overview - Self-Harm and Suicidal Thoughts in Children and Young People

This course aims to educate learners about the warning signs, risk factors and actions to take should they suspect a child or young person is self-harming or having suicidal thoughts.

After completing this course you will be able to:

  • List the warning signs that might suggest self-harm or suicidal thought in children and young people
  • Explain what you should do if you suspect self-harm
  • Outline the risk factors and possible causes of self-harm and suicidal thoughts in children and young people

Lesson Plan

  • Introduction
  • Self-harm definitions
  • Current facts and figures
  • Callie’s story
  • Psychological factors
  • Environmental factors
  • Biological factors
  • Alfie’s story
  • Examples of self-harm
  • Warning signs – self-harm
  • Responding to the signs
  • Self-harm risk factors
  • Warning signs – suicide
  • Communication
  • Alternative coping strategies
  • Other agencies
  • Early Help Assessment
  • Local support
  • Summary


The content of this course has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.


On completion of this course you will be able to download and print a certificate.


Approximately 1 hour - 1.5 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.

Target Audience

This course is aimed at all professionals who come into contact with children or young people.


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