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This month we’re discussing self-harm in young people, predominantly young girls. You may notice that the topic is being talked about more and more as a result of some shocking statistics that surfaced last year. Children’s society analysis suggests that more than 100,000 children aged 14 in the UK are self-harming. The charity estimated that 110,000 children aged 14 may be self-harming, including 76,000 girls and 33,000 boys.
The number of girls under the age of 18 being treated in hospital in England after self-harming has nearly doubled compared with 20 years ago, according to NHS figures. The figure reached 13,463 last year against 7,327 in 1997. In comparison, the figure for admissions of boys who self-harmed rose from 2,236 in 1997 to 2,332 in 2017.
How prepared are social workers in combatting self-harm?
A requirement for training relating specifically to self-harm may soon be implemented. However, it isn’t currently covered in the curriculum. Care workers and people working in education rely on projects such as SHARP (Self Harm Awareness and Resource Project) to provide downloadable resources and guidance on the rising issue. As well as this, charities such as Self Injury Support, run workshops for people working in health, social care and education and share guidance on ‘Helpful responses to self-injury’.
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