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Support for families - risks of self harm

National increases in 'self harm' amongst children (NSPCC)

A recent study and report by the NSPCC identified that nationally 'self harm' accounted for 5% of all referrals made to them for help.  This is a sharp increase to that seen in the past.  


Whilst it has traditionally been identified within teenage children some reports of increased awareness of the action, particularly through social media websites and blogs, has meant that younger children are now more commonly using self harm as a means of managing their emotions.


With this in mind, I include a link below to the NSPCC website.  This will support parents in their vigilance and knows;edge regarding the matter.


NSPCC Self Harm - Parental information  (Click for link)


If you are worried your child may be self-harming you should speak to your GP or another agency such as school who may be able to signpost support.


Here are some things to look out for:

  • unexplained cuts, burns, bite marks, bruises or bald patches
  • keeping themselves covered, for example wearing long sleeves or trousers even during hot weather, not wanting to change clothes around others or avoiding activities like swimming
  • bloody tissues in waste bins
  • seeming low or depressed, for example withdrawing from friends and family
  • blaming themselves for problems or expressing feelings of failure, uselessness or hopelessness
  • outbursts of anger or argumentativeness