Self-harm is a growing problem in children and young people but it can be hard to understand and difficult to recognise.
Responding to Self-Harm in Children and Adolescents will help professionals to understand self-harm and respond appropriately. It covers what the risk factors are, including social exclusion, and who is most likely to self-harm. Information on what self-harm is and what causes it, including mental health issues, problems in childhood and trauma, is included. The book also covers how to recognise self-harm and how to immediately respond in an emergency, and different intervention methods are explored. Finally, the author discusses means of support, including how parents and friends can help.
This accessible guide provides clear and easily digestible information and practical advice to any professional working with a child or young person who is suspected of, or actually self-harming.
Steven Walker is Head of Child and Adolescent Mental Health at Anglia Ruskin University, UK. He is a registered social worker and psychotherapist and has worked in social care for over 30 years, specialising in child protection and child and adolescent mental health.
Acknowledgements. Introduction. 1. Understanding Self-harm. 2. Recognising and Treating Self-harm. 3. Early Intervention, Prevention and the Journey to Recovery. 4. Supporting the Self-harming Child. Appendix 1: No Health without Mental Health - A Cross Governmental Outcomes Strategy for People of All Ages. Appendix 2: The Short-Term Physical and Psychological Management and Secondary Prevention of Self-Harm in Primary and Secondary Care Appendix 3: Useful Resources and Organisations. References. Index.