As a result of the in-depth review by the Devon Safeguarding Children Board into the issue of self-harm, the Board has now published an action plan to help tackle self-harm in Devon.
The action plan details objectives to be completed by partner agencies over the coming months, in order to help reduce the number of young people who self-harm, as well as improving access to services and support.
Key actions include:
- Provide training and advice for children and young people to act as peer support for other young people who self-harm
- Up skill professionals working with children and young people, enabling them to communicate with well and handle difficult conversations
- Training for workers to help manage risky behavior and identify underlying causes of self-harm
- Develop a crisis management system to respond to upward demand and ensuring psychiatric risk assessment within 24 hours
- More accessibility to support, including out of hours
- Self-harm protocol to establish responsibilities for all partner agencies when a child is placed on a children’s ward for self-harm behavior
- Revised escalation policy