Self Harm – Leeds children and young people

Lead: Leeds South & East

Area: Leeds North, Leeds South & East, Leeds West

Period: 1st Sep 2013 - 31st Oct 2014

A co-ordinated group comprising of CAMHS, LTHT and the CCGs, formed to bring collective intelligence together and look at how we shape a future model.

It had been noted from the health experience of both Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) and Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust (LTHT) that there has been increasing incidences of self-harm activity across the city. There have also been concerns raised by teachers and heads of schools noting the behaviour as well. Schools are looking to co-operate on a wider scale rather than each developing their own response. Often they turn to school nurses and they feel out of their depth.

Due to the many agencies working across the city NHS Leeds South & East CCG felt a co-ordinated working group should be developed to ensure a joined up approach. This group provides the forum to bring the collective intelligence together and look at how we shape a future model.

A patient experience project (REACH) was undertaken aimed at young women aged 13-19 who self harm and live, or are educated, in Leeds. It was designed to gain further insights into self harming behaviour and to deliver benefits for the participants themselves.

Support young people who are self-harming

Recognising that it is a coping mechanism for some people and focusing on support for those for whom self-harming is likely to have serious consequences and those who wish to stop. This will comprise of collecting resources available in one place for ease of access. Thought will be given to supporting friends of young people who are self-harming.

Support for adults around young people who self-harm

This is for parents, carers and professionals and will support them to respond appropriately to young people who are self-harming. Providing ways to enable adults to support young people to minimise harm and be able to recognise signs and symptoms of self-harm behaviour and its escalation. This will comprise of training and development and ensuring that resources are available in one place.

It will be supported by risk assessment suggestions and ideas on how to engage young people in conversations about self-harm.

This consultation ran between: 01/09/14 – 31/10/14