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1 Day Course

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Where and When

Delivered at a venue of your choice throughout the UK or by tutor led remote online delivery, contact us for availability.

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Accredited Course

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

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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 Learning Outcomes

Below are the main topics covered in this course, expand each one to see the criteria.

1Understand what self-harming is
  • 1.1Define the meaning of the term self-harming
  • 1.2Compare the facts and myths associated with self-harming
  • 1.3Describe different ways which people can self-harm
  • 1.4Define the meaning of group self-harming
2Understand social perspectives of self-harming
  • 2.1Explain and evaluate societies understanding of self-harming
  • 2.2Analyse the impact which social media may have on influences of self-harming
3Understand influences of self-harming
  • 3.1Evaluate different possible influences of self-harming
  • 3.2Analyse possible differences between self-harming behaviours of males and females
4Understand the effects of self-harming
  • 4.1Describe possible links between self-harming and mental health
  • 4.2Describe the meaning of the terms depression and anxiety and how these can relate to self-harming
  • 4.3Evaluate and analyse the wider effects of self-harming on a person's social, educational and family life
5Understand links with self-harming and other conditions
  • 5.1Explain and evaluate possible connections between self-harming and: Autism, Learning difficulties, Learning disabilities, Physical disabilities and Hypo-sensitive sensory processing
6Understand ways of providing support
  • 6.1Explain ways of providing support to people who have experienced and/or are vulnerable to the influences of self-harming
  • 6.2Describe professional limitations when supporting people who self-harm
  • 6.3Analyse 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
  • 6.4Define 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.

Additional Information

Training course duration

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

Availability of this training course

This Self-Harm training course is available as in-house training at a venue of your own choice throughout the UK. Alternatively, also available remotely via a tutor led course over Zoom or MS Teams.

Audience for this course

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

QCF Units

<p>This Self Harm awareness&nbsp;training course is designed to meet the standards outlined in the new Children&rsquo;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&rsquo;s Workforce. This course is also relevant to professionals working in the adult sector.</p>

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