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.