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Understanding Self Harm/Self Injury in Children & Young People

Ibis Birmingham, New Street Station Hotel, 21 Ladywell Walk, Birmingham, B5 4ST

Venue and date to be confirmed 

This one-day course aims to increase awareness on the ‘functions’ and ‘barriers’ that may be serving those that self-harm/self-injure. This course allows participants to reflect on and implement helpful responses and strategies when supporting those that self-harm/self-injure; demonstrating an understanding of basic harm minimization strategies that may be implemented.

Course Information:

Understanding Self Harm/Self Injury in Children & Young People

Self-harm/injury in children and young people can often be secretive and therefore, it is not possible to know precisely how often it happens in each individual.  It may happen only once, or many times and maybe a daily or occasional response when a problem arises.

It may also be transient behaviour in a child/young person that is triggered by particular stresses.  These may resolve themselves fairly quickly or be part of a longer-term pattern of behaviour associated with more serious emotional or psychiatric difficulties.

By the end of the session, learners will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an increased awareness of self-harm/self-injury
  • Define self-harm/self-injury and place them on a continuum of other self-damaging behaviours, including suicide and suicidal ideation
  • Demonstrate increased awareness of the functions that self-harm/self-injury may be serving for their clients
  • Identify and address the barriers that might be preventing a person from wanting to disclose or access support for their self-harm/self-injure
  • Demonstrate increased confidence to implement helpful responses/strategies when supporting clients who self-harm/self-injure
  • Demonstrate an understanding of basic harm minimization strategies that may be implemented with a client who may self-harm/self-injure
  • Acknowledge the emotional impact of self-harm/self-injury on the quality of support offered to their clients and practitioners’ own mental well-being.

Course Details

The days will begin at 9.30am for registration and tea/coffee, with a prompt 10.00am start, and will end at approx 4.30pm.

A light lunch will be provided. Please advise of any allergies or dietary requirements of each individual when booking places on this course.

An electronic certificate of attendance will be provided to all attendees by email after attendance at the course. This course equates to 7 learning hours.

Your Trainer

Deb Somerset-Malia

Training is my passion. To take complicated concepts, break them down and make them accessible to learners, is the reason I do my job.  I believe that training should be accessible and fun.  This helps to break down barriers and aids retention of learning.

I have been training for almost 15 years and enjoy it as much as when I started. I have over 30 years of experience in working with children and young people in social care, education and the criminal justice systems.   I enjoy meeting new learners and having the challenge of taking them through the learning cycle.  I am energetic, patient, creative and humorous which are essential qualities when dealing with such a sensitive topic. I strive to make each training session as good as it can be and give 100% every time.

I have a sound knowledge of safeguarding children and adults issues.  I keep my own CPD up to date by attending conferences, being a member of different forums, reading and discussions with colleagues.  I am also studying for an MA in Advanced Child Protection and use material from the course in my work, making it relevant for the audience  I train for some national children’s charities and that also helps keep me up to date.

I am a qualified mentor, Nursery Nurse and adult learning tutor.  I am also an accredited Safer Recruitment trainer and am qualified to deliver Freedom Programmes, for survivors of domestic abuse.


Ibis Birmingham

New Street Station Hotel, 21 Ladywell Walk, Birmingham, B5 4ST

The team at ibis Birmingham Centre New Street Station prides itself on always going above and beyond, from the speediest check-in systems in the city to a guaranteed warm welcome around the clock at our 24hr bar. Throw in on-site private parking plus excellent modern business facilities and it’s easy to see why we remain a top pick for regular visitors to Birmingham.


New Street Station is a five-minute walk.

Nearby Buses running are 16, 35, 45, 47.

There is a small car park within ibis. If full, there is a multistorey car park opposite the hotel (APCOA)

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