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Plan what you will do

The final stage is to agree  the next steps. In the majority of situations this can be agreed collaboratively with the young person.

You need to decide who you need to talk with in order to keep the young person safe. A young person may not always want their parents or carers  to know but if they are at risk of seriously hurting themselves their parents need to know.

Tell the young person that you are concerned about their safety. Because you are worried about them you need to tell people so that they can help the young person to keep safe.

The harmLESS questions can help you plan what response is needed.

Next steps

A range of options are available

  • First Step: A further meeting to review and monitor their self-harming thoughts or behaviours. Acknowledging and talking about how they are feeling can be helpful. By arranging a further meeting you send a clear signal that you care
  • Support: To discuss what they have spoken about with others who might already be involved. There may be a counsellor, social worker, or somebody else involved who can help the young person.
  • CAMHS referral: If the self-harming is longstanding and regular or there are clear suicidal plans, you could talk to or refer to CAMHS

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Last updated: 24 April, 2018