Self-Harming Behaviours

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Children and young people who display self-harming behaviour present a particular challenge to the children’s workforce. This course enables learners to understand why young people develop maladaptive behaviours such as eating disorders, substance misuse and self-harm. It also enables them to learn how they can work more safely and effectively with children and young people who harm themselves.

What is self-harming behaviour?

Self-harming behaviour is a way for some people to cope with difficult situations. Children and young people can exhibit self-harming behaviour for a number of reasons, including traumatic experiences in their past, a way of coping with abuse, or to help them deal with current pressures in their life. Self-harming behaviour can take a variety of forms, encompassing eating disorders, cutting, substance misuses and overdoses, and engaging in extreme behaviour such as excessive exercise.

Because self-harming behaviour is a coping mechanism, children and young people who self-harm will require sensitive support from professionals in order to overcome it.

About the course

Written by:

Liza Lomax

What it covers:

This course covers the following topics:

  • Adaptive and maladaptive behaviours
  • Eating disorders
  • Self-harm
  • Substance misuse
  • Benefits of self-harm
  • Working with children and young people to help them recover

Compliance:

This course meets the Training, Support and Development Standards as outlined in The Fostering Services (England) Regulations (2011).

More information on Self-harming Behaviour

If you would like to take the Self-harming Behaviour e-learning course, find out more information or enquire about the face-to-face version of this course, please fill in our form and we’ll call you back.

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For other enquiries, please feel free to email us at contact@ac-education.co.uk or call 01923 850408.

Learning outcomes

On completing the Self-harming Behaviour course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand adaptive and maladaptive behaviours
    • Explain how the process of secure attachment in infancy promotes adaptive behaviour
    • Explain the impact of adolescence on adaptability
    • Identify three different types of maladaptive behaviour: eating disorders, self-harm and substance misuse
  • Know how to work effectively and safely with children and young people with eating disorders
    • Show awareness of theory and research on the origins of eating disorders
    • Identify different types of eating disorder
    • Identify positive interventions in working with children and young people with eating disorders
  • Know how to work effectively and safely with children and young people who self-harm
    • Show awareness of theory and research on the origins of self-harming behaviour
    • Explain the impact of living and working with children and young people who self-harm
    • Identify positive interventions in working with children and young people who self-harm
  • Know how to work effectively and safely with children and young people who misuse substances
    • Show awareness of theory and research on the origins of substance misuse
    • Identify substances that may be misused by children and young people
    • Identify positive interventions in working with children and young people who misuse substances

Additional Information

This course is also available tailored to the Education Sector

This course is available in Australian Legislation.

Course rating

I have taken lots and lots of e-courses through work and this is the best by far that I have accessed with much more relevant information and the test at the end being more thorough than is normal. I thoroughly enjoyed the course. Thanks.

Foster carer, Carmarthenshire
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