Weekly Safeguarding Messsage

WHY DO TEENAGERS AND CHILDREN SELF-HARM?

The reasons children and teenagers can self-harm are often complicated and will be different for every child or young person. Sometimes a child or teenager may not know the reasons they self-harm. 

For many young people, self-harm can feel like a way to cope with difficult feelings or to release tension. The physical pain of hurting themselves can feel like a distraction from the emotional pain they're struggling with.

Some difficult experiences or emotions can make self-harm more likely in children:

    • experiencing depressin,  anxiety or eating problems
    • having lw self-esteem or feeling like they’re not good enough
    • being bullied r feeling alone
    • experiencing emtional, physical or sexual abuse, or neglect
    • grieving r having problems with family relationships
    • feeling angry, numb r like they don't have control over their lives.

Signs of self-harm in children and teenagers

It can be hard to recognise the signs of self-harm in children and teenagers, but as a parent it’s important to trust your instincts if you’re worried something’s wrong.

Signs to look out for can include:  

    • cvering up, for example by wearing long sleeves a lot of the time, especially in summer
    • unexplained bruises, cuts, burns r bite-marks on their body
    • blood stains on clothing, or finding tissues with blood in their room
    • becming withdrawn and spending a lot of time alone in their room
    • aviding friends and family and being at home
    • feeling dwn, low self-esteem or blaming themselves for things
    • utbursts of anger, or risky behaviour like drinking or taking drugs.

If you are a young person who is self-harming, Childline can help you.  You can contact them by visiting their website or by phoning 0800 1111 anytime.

If you want to support a child who is self-harming, or you suspect is self-harming please click on the link below for more information.

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/childrens-mental-health/self-harm/