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Self Harm - Support for Schools 


We have been working with our partners across Cornwall Council and the NHS, including the countywide multi-agency Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Board to implement a Cornwall Self-Harm Strategy. Together with schools and partners we have produced guideance for schools to support the development of a school self-harm policy.

The document Managing Self-Harm - Practical Guidance for Schools can be downloaded from this website and will be available to all schools in county.  It should be read and implemented alongside the Self‐harm among children and young people: A strategy for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly document. 

This guidance aims to:

  • Increase understanding and awareness of self‐harm.
  • Alert staff to warning signs and risk factors associated with self‐harm.
  • Provide guidance for staff dealing with students who self‐harm.
  • Help senior leaders within schools consider how to support staff that have to deal with self‐harm, ensuring they can deal with the feelings self‐harm evokes.

The recommendation is that secondary schools read this guidance and ensure that all staff, including support staff, have an understanding of the contents.  Young People Cornwall offer excellent self-harm awareness training for schools. 

Free Leaflets

Leaflets developed by the working group with input and advice from Young People, for school staff, parents and young people are now available. 

Printed versions can be ordered free of charge from us or downloaded here: 

Young People (A4 easy print version)  Young People (pdf of print leaflet)
Parents & Carers (A4 easy print version) Parents & Carers (pdf of print leaflet)
School Staff (A4 easy print version)  School Staff (pdf of print leaflet)


More information and support for young people

Hard copies of the leaflets can be obtained from the Savvy Kernow Young People Friendly Service website www.savvykernow.org.uk Simply create an account for your organisation (in Cornwall) and the leaflets will be sent to you.


We welcome feedback on the guidelines / leaflets as we would like this work to grow and develop to offer the best possible support for young people in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. 


Mind's Understanding Self Harm booklet is for anyone who self-harms, and their friends and family. It explains what self-harm is, the reasons for it and how to go about making changes. It includes self-help ideas and information about other forms of support.

Young Minds

Young Minds' booklet Worried About Self Harm? aims to help you understand more about self-harm and to find support for yourself or someone you know.

Mental Health Foundation

The MHF's Truth About Self Harm booklet is based on the findings of the National Inquiry into Self-harm among young people. The booklet aims to help you understand more about self-harm and what to do if you are worried about yourself or someone else. It explains what self-harm is, what to do if you or someone you know is self-harming, and how to get help.

LifeSIGNS - Self-Injury Guidance and Network Support

LifeSIGNS is a user-led small charity creating understanding about self-injury. They provide information about self-injury and support people as and when they choose to make changes in their lives.