It is hoped that those who come into contact with both children and adults who self-harm will find this guidance document both useful and informative. This document is aimed at a range of staff groups and others, including health, social work, residential care staff; foster carers, kinship carers; teachers and other education staff; police staff, custody staff and prison staff who work with children and adults where there is a concern that they are involved in self-harming behaviours.
This guidance is focussed on issues of confidentiality, information sharing and protection and is for people working with children and adults where there is a concern about self-harm. The guidance is intended to help people working in this context to be able to work effectively with people who self-harm.
For detailed direction on local arrangements, practitioners should always refer to local policy on self harm, suicide, child protection and adult protection. In addition, recognising the potential impact of this issue on staff, carers and others, this document includes links to other relevant publications and resources.