Last reviewed on 27 March 2018
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Self-harm is a sensitive issue, and it can be difficult to know how to support pupils at risk of self-injury. Have a look at guidance from a mental health charity and two of our associate experts on possible actions you can take, and see examples of risk assessments for pupils.

Collaborate with external agencies and parents

We spoke to Young Minds, a UK charity dedicated to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people, and to Brenda McHugh, co-director of the Anna Freud Centre’s Mental Health in Schools programme, about supporting pupils who self-harm.

Young Minds explained that when dealing with pupils who are at risk of self-harm, each case is unique, and there are no generic procedures that schools must adopt.

Brenda agreed that it’s important you’re not alone as a school when assessing the level of risk for a child. She advised that you should contact your local child