Responding to self-harm: a documentary analysis of agency policy and procedure

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    Abstract

    This paper reports on the findings of a documentary analysis of policies and procedures relating to self-harm from a range of organisations working with young people in the UK. It identifies the extent to which policies and/or procedures relating to self-harm are available for service providers and offers a wider understanding of the concepts of self-harm and approaches to helping as incorporated into service guidance and delivery. It highlights the prevalence of self-harming behaviours in a climate of stigma and the need to define appropriate and supportive agency responses from a trained staff that is both sensitive and individualised.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)184–196
    Number of pages13
    JournalChildren and Society
    Volume27
    Issue number3
    Early online date15 Sep 2011
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2013

    Keywords

    • childcare
    • intervention
    • policy
    • mental health

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