SELF-HARM - ACADEMY RESPONSE

If it is disclosed to the Academy that a student is self-harming, the student will be seen by one of the designated safeguarding leads in the Academy together with a member of the Year Team or other suitable member of staff except where parents/carers inform the Academy and provide information. 

If the student is expressing suicidal thoughts or is in imminent danger of causing themselves significant harm, parents/carers will be called and advised to take the child to A & E.  In extreme cases an ambulance will be called.  In these  cases, the Academy is required to make a referral to First Response

Where the self-harm does not cause concern for the students immediate welfare, Year Teams will contact parents/carers and advise that a GP appointment is made.  Parents/carers will be advised to take their child to A & E if they have imminent concerns.  Further support such as a meeting with the Academy or a referral to CAHMS will be discussed with the parents/carers.

Year teams and/or Behavioural and Emotional Support Teams will:

  • Promote problem-solving techniques and non-harmful ways to deal with emotional distress
  • Provide a space for students to begin to learn how to cope with emotional pain
  • Enable students to find places for help and support
  • Provide accurate information about self-injury.
  • Refer concerns when people other than parents/carers (e.g. social workers, educational psychologists) need to be informed.
  • Keep records of concern and contact made with parents/carers and any external agencies

 

Students will be advised:

  • Not to display open wounds/injuries.  These should be dressed appropriately.
  • To talk to the appropriate member of staff if they are in emotional distress
  • To alert a teacher if they suspect another student is self-harming or at serious risk of harm to themselves, and know when confidentiality must be broken.