Self-Injury Pathway Project

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Somerset Partnership is delighted to announce the launch of a new initiative for Secondary and Middle Schools. Commissioned for a year initially from March 2019, the Self-Injury Pathway Project will involve school pupils, parents and educational professionals across Somerset, gaining insight into how self-injury affects young people, their families and their schools. This is a separate project to that of SHARE however the teams will be working quite closely together.

Our primary aim is to discover the extent to which Self-Injury Policy exists in schools across Somerset, then collate our findings and support the creation of a coherent countywide approach.

Our second task is to deliver training to school staff structured to address fears and misconceptions, whilst challenging judgements. Providing a robust protocol, we aim to reassure staff that following straightforward guidance for handling disclosures will protect their students and themselves.

Finally, we aim to deliver an online presence; user-friendly resources, links to sites and potentially a community platform where staff across Somerset can talk to each other about any and every aspect of Self-Injury.

If you have any ideas, suggestions or information you would like to share, please do get it touch:

Kate Rufus, Self-Injury Pathway Project kate.rufus@sompar.nhs.uk