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Download the practical guide for schools on managing self-harm below:

Managing self-harm – a practical guide for schools (pdf)

It has taken into account and referred to the recently published ‘Supporting children and young people at risk of suicide: guidance for professionals from social care and other agencies’ written by WLMHT and Children’s Social Care to ensure consistency across agencies when tackling self-harm outside of school.

Its content has been informed by designated CP leads from school who have direct, first-hand experience of dealing with self-harm incidents as well as professionals from educational psychology, CAMHS, SAFE, the behaviour service, school nursing and Ealing’s Clinical Commissioning Consortium (CCG).

How schools can use this guidance

The guidance includes information for schools, particularly head teachers and child protection (CP) leads, about:

  • What self-harm is and isn’t
  • What the risk factors and warning signs are
  • What schools can and should do to identify and respond to self-harm incidents – both immediately and when following-up.

There are also appendices which include tools such as flowcharts and policy ideas to be adopted and used by schools.

It is intend that the guide be read by all members of staff in your school with senior leaders, designated CP leads and governors deciding the best way to implement this guidance. It is designed to debunk myths and misconceptions about self-harm as well as inform practice. Importantly it should be used it to inform your own school self-harm policy.


The education sub group of the Ealing Safeguarding Children’s Board (ESCB) identified concerns around the increasing incidences of self-harm and attempted suicide amongst young people in Ealing and asked that a time limited working group be set up to consider the issues from a schools’ perspective.

A priority was to focus on developing guidance for schools, including practical guidance to help manage incidents of self-harm, deal with the longer-term issues of self-harm and also consider approaches schools could use to help prevent self-harm.

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Last updated: 07 Apr 2017