Supporting pupils at risk of self-harm (CPD33D)

Improve your understanding of self-harm and learn how to implement school systems that minimize the risk for young people

What is self-harm and what school systems can be implemented to minimise a pupil’s risk?

This live online course from Gloucester House Outreach Service provides an introduction to the topic of self-harm in young people. You’ll explore the possible warning signs of self-harm and develop an understanding of how to recognise the risk factors that can lead to it occurring.

Within a safe and supportive space, and under expert guidance, you will learn how to respond to and support young people exhibiting self-harm behaviours and develop the confidence to implement school strategies that minimise risk and promote coping strategies .

Aims and learning objectives

After completing this course, you will:

  • have an improved understanding of self-harm and the possible warning signs and contributing risk factors, that can lead to it occurring
  • understand how to respond to young people exhibiting self-harm behaviours
  • feel confident in generating a positive behaviour support plan that helps minimise a pupil’s further risk of self-harm, promotes resilience and provides alternative coping strategies
  • be able to analyse systems and structures that can be implemented in schools to minimise further risk of self-harm and ensure a consistent staff approach

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for staff working directly with children and young people who are exhibiting self-harm behaviour. You might be a SENCO, learning support assistant, teacher, mental health lead, school leader, care home worker, healthcare assistant or working within a relevant role in the education, local authority, social care or charity sector.

Course details

The course consists of a live, two-hour session hosted via Zoom. You’ll be joining a supportive group and learn about the latest educational and clinical best practice from a leading practitioner. The workshop lead will tailor content based on the needs of your cohort and there’ll be plenty of time to ask questions during the interactive session. You’ll leave the session with take-away resources and practical strategies that you can implement in your setting.

The next course will run on the following dates:

SessionsDateStart timeEnd time
Session 1Wednesday 21 June 202310:00am12:00pm

Please note that this session will not be recorded. You will need a device with a microphone and camera together with a suitably fast internet connection. Although mobile devices and tablets can be used, we recommend the use of laptop or desktop PC for the best experience. Some devices provided by employers may have restrictions in place. Please use this test link ( to check your set up before booking (or equivalent for Teams).

You will be sent the necessary login link about a week before the course start date. Should you have any concerns about the accessibility of remote delivery please contact us at to discuss how we can best help you.

Through interactive discussion you will cover the following topics:

  • understanding and defining self-harm
  • how changes physically and emotionally during puberty and adolescent development can impact on risk taking and self-harm
  • warning signs and risk factors to self-harm
  • internet and online risks to self-identity and how this could relate to self-harm
  • how to respond to self-harm behaviour
  • a discussion of case studies and learnings from these

Library membership

Included in your course fee, you will receive online membership to the Tavistock’s internationally-renowned library for the duration of your course.

Our friendly and knowledgeable library team will help to support you through your specialist CPD course, whatever your level of professional or academic experience. You will have access to an extensive range of eBooks, online journals, all the relevant key databases and our specialist audio-visual collection, plus reference access to all our print books.

Our Information Skills Trainer has made lots of material available on Moodle to help you navigate our comprehensive electronic collections. PCs and photocopiers are available for your use (charges apply for printing and copying), as well as various online resources including audio/video playlists. Find out more.

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Gloucester House

For further information about Gloucester House Outreach Service, find out more on their website.

Why study with us?

This course has been developed in partnership with Gloucester House Outreach Service (GHOR), an integrated team of clinical and educational specialists that forms part of the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. The service draws on its extensive combined experience in mental health and education to provide a holistic approach that addresses the most pressing needs and challenges facing the education sector today.

Course facilitators

Book your place today

You can book a place at any time. You’ll receive confirmation by email, and we will be in touch approximately one week before the course starts with detailed joining instructions.

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