Training courses for foster carers
Self-harm is an umbrella term for any behaviour, action or habit, which can cause damage to your health. This can include cutting, but also includes overeating, taking drugs, smoking and drinking too much alcohol.
It’s a wide area that covers a whole range of actions.
One of the most difficult situations foster carers, and support workers face is when confronted with a young person who deliberately harms her/himself. Whether it is a one off or a regular occurrence, it causes a gamut of strong feelings from intense anger through to fear, anxiety and sadness.
As fostering and caring for children is partly about helping them make their lives more positive, acts of self-harm can lead the carer to feel a strong sense of failure and helplessness.
- What is Self Harm
- What might cause children and young people to self harm
- Explore ways that one may be able to help a young person cope with self harming behaviours
- Identify other available, useful and supportive resources