Understanding Self-Harm Training Course (Level 3)

Course Overview

Millions of people in the UK are affected each year by a wide range of issues which can cause them to self-harm, which can be a challenging and emotional experience for the person and their families, friends and supporters. Self-harming is a complex issue and it is important that people providing support know about the possible reasons why self-harming occurs and how this can affect people psychologically as well as physically.

This training course provides learners with an awareness of what self-harming is, the different types of self-harming, the potential reasons why people may self-harm and focuses on a positive way on ideas for providing affective support and further signposting to additional services. This is a Level 3 accredited course.

Course Aims

  • Understand what self-harming is.
  • Understand social perspectives of self-harming.
  • Understand influences of self-harming.
  • Understand the effects of self-harming.
  • Understand links with self-harming and other conditions.
  • Understand ways of providing support.

Course Objectives

  1. Define the meaning of the term self-harming
  2. Compare the facts and myths associated with self-harming
  3. Describe different ways which people can self-harm
  4. Define the meaning of group self-harming
  5. Explain and evaluate societies understanding of self-harming
  6. Analyse the impact which social media may have on influences of self-harming
  7. Describe different possible influences of self-harming
  8. Analyse possible differences between self-harming behaviours of males and females
  9. Describe possible links between self-harming and mental health
  10. Describe the meaning of the terms depression and anxiety and how these can relate to self-harming
  11. Explain the wider effects of self-harming on a person's social, educational and family life
  12. Explain and evaluate possible connections between self-harming and Autism, learning difficulties, learning disabilities, physical disabilities and Hypo-sensitive sensory processing
  13. Explain ways of providing support to people who have experienced and/or are vulnerable to the influences of self-harming
  14. Describe professional limitations when supporting people who self-harm
  15. Analyse the risk considerations which an organisation and support team may need to take when beginning to support a person who self-harms or is vulnerable to the influences of self-harming
  16. Define sources of further support and signposting


The course content are accredited by the Open College Network (OCN) Credit4Learning as a Level 3 course.


Each learner completing this course will receive an accredited Level 3 certificate of learning.

Links to QCF Units

This Self Harm awareness training course is designed to meet the standards outlined in the new Children’s Homes (England) Regulations which were introduced on 1st April 2015 and can contribute to outcomes of QCF units including the National Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce. This course is also relevant to professionals working in the adult sector.


This Self Harm training course is designed for professionals working with children and young people including support teams, education professionals and foster carers.


This Self-Harm training course is available as in-house training at a venue of your own choice throughout the UK.

Training Course Duration

1 Day (please contact us if you require training which runs to a different timescale).

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