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4 Schools 2018-06-05T20:38:07+00:00

Identification 4 Facts in 4 areas

1. Behaviour

  • Avoiding activities that require exposure of body.
  • Wearing long sleeves even on very hot days.
  • Increase in risk behaviour.
  • Changes associated with mood disorders including –
    • Changes in school performance
    • Loss of concentration
    • Absent from school more
    • Lack of engagement

2. Physical Factors

  • Cuts, bruises, marks – particularly if they occur frequently and in repeated areas of the body.
  • Regular visits to A&E for injuries the causes of which are hard to account for.
  • Appears tired and without energy or edgy and explosive.
  • May present with a lot more physical illness, aches and pains, absences from school due to illness.

3. Psychological changes

  • Looks sad and withdrawn.
  • Less able to concentrate.
  • Easily irritable and angry.
  • More easily tearful.

4. Social Factors

  • Friends may present with concerns.
  • Withdrawal from social group or may be in a social group that self-harms.
  • Not joining in any social activities especially where clothes worn may show body – for example party clothes.
  • Associating with peers who may have a history of self-harm or high risk behaviours.

What can schools do?
4 suggestions for change

1. Education on self-harm. Offered by a professional in order to present an accurate but sensitive view.
2. A clear and effective system to support a student who presents with self-harm supporting peers who are part of the group.
3. A named teacher and peer supporter from a core team of trained staff and students to be available should help be needed.
4. Establish links with local services and know what the referral pathways are. Get a professional to help assess risk.

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