Use guidance and resources to write or refresh your schools self-harm policy and action plan. Don’t forget to update these documents regularly.

If you learn that a young person is self-harming, the most helpful things you can do to help are to:

  • Ensure they are physically safe and receive any medical attention needed
  • Make time to listen, or identify someone else they can talk to
  • Explore practical ways you can help them manage each day
  • Support the young person in accessing further support or treatment

Why not try the harmLESS assessment tool. It provides a series of questions you can ask a young person. How they answer these questions will inform a plan about the type of support they might require.

If at the end of this you are still unsure or worried about a young person then phone your local CAMHS team.