Mind and Body in Kent

Self-harm is how some children / young people cope with difficult and distressing feelings.

Self-harm can include anything that causes an injury but can also be about taking risks. It can also involve using alcohol or drugs excessively – though many children / young people do not see this as self-harm. Recognising these behaviours can be as important as those that are obvious such as cutting.

When supporting a child or young person consideration should be given to making or updating a joint safety plan with the child / young person about reducing harm and increasing coping strategies and should define the level of danger with them. Responses to risk will vary from one child / young person to another, and the joint plan should reflect this.

This safety plan template has been created by Mind and Body and should support you in the process of developing an individualised safety plan with a child or young person, and those that can support them.