Self Harm Mental Health Concerns Policy

We monitor the impact of all policies on pupils, staff,parents and governors with particular reference to the impact on the attainment and wellbeing of pupils.As a Roman Catholic College we believe that our policy should reflect our mission statement, which calls us to love and honour the dignity of every individual.


Newman College Mission Statement

Self-Harm Protocol


Here4u Email Address

Designated Safeguarding Team

Area’s for Development

Newman College Mission Statement
Newman College believes that the protection of children is an integral part of the ethos of the College, and that we are a “Listening” College which seeks to create an atmosphere in which Children feel secure, that their viewpoints are valued, and that they are encouraged to talk and are listened too, in keeping with the principles of the College Mission Statement.

Newman College will follow the procedures as laid down by the Local Safeguarding Children Board, will respect issues of confidentiality and will give priority to working together with other agencies to protect Children in our care particularly those who have been identified as being at risk of self-harm or have mental health concerns. In this statement, and protocol, staff includes both teachers and any other person employed to work in the College who has contact with ‘Our children’.

Self-Harm Policy/Protocol within Newman College

Recent research indicates that up to one in ten young people in the UK engage in self-harming behaviours, and that this figure is higher amongst specific populations, including young people with special educational needs. School staff can play an important role in preventing self-harm and also in supporting students, peers and parents of students currently engaging in self-harm.

Objectives of this Protocol
• All governors, teaching and non-teaching staff, pupils and parents should have an understanding of what self-harming is.
• All governors, teaching and non-teaching staff should know what the school policy is on self-harm, and follow it when self-harm is reported or suspected;

• To increase understanding and awareness of self-harm.
• To alert staff to warning signs and risk factors.
• To provide support to staff dealing with students who self-harm.
• To provide support to students who self-harm and their peers and parents/carers.

Definition of Self-Harm
Self-harm is any behaviour where the intent is to deliberately cause harm to one’s own body for example:

• Cutting, scratching, scraping or picking skin.
• Swallowing inedible objects.
• Taking an overdose of prescription or non-prescription drugs.
• Swallowing hazardous materials or substances.
• Burning or scalding.
• Hair-pulling.
• Banging or hitting the head or other parts of the body.
• Scouring or scrubbing the body excessively.

Risk Factors
The following risk factors, particularly in combination, may make a young person particularly vulnerable to self-harm:

Individual Factors:
• Depression / anxiety.
• Poor communication skills.
• Low self-esteem.
• Poor problem-solving skill.
• Hopelessness.
• Impulsivity.
• Drug or alcohol abuse.
• Sexual abuse.
• Weight issues.

Family (home-life) Factors
• Unreasonable expectations.
• Neglect or physical, sexual or emotional abuse.
• Poor parental relationships and arguments.
• Depression, self-harm or suicide in the family.

Social Factors

• Difficulty in making relationships / loneliness.
• Being bullied or rejected by peers

Warning Signs
Where staff may become aware of warning signs which indicate a student is experiencing difficulties that may lead to thoughts of self-harm or suicide. These warning signs should always be taken seriously and staff observing any of these warning signs should seek further advice from one of the designated safeguarding team. (Designated Safeguarding Team- appendix A).

Possible Warning Signs Include:
• Changes in eating / sleeping habits (e.g. student may appear overly tired if not sleeping well).
• Increased isolation from friends or family, becoming socially withdrawn.
• Changes in activity and mood e.g. more aggressive or introverted than usual.
• Lowering of academic achievement.
• Talking or joking about self-harm or suicide.
• Abusing drugs or alcohol.
• Expressing feelings of failure, uselessness or loss of hope.
• Changes in clothing e.g. becoming a Goth.


• Know the members of the Designated Safeguarding Team are;
• Statutory Requirement to Read and Sign acknowledgement of receiving of Part One: Safeguarding Information for All Staff (Department Of Education July 2015).
• Be familiar and follow the Internal College procedures; Staff Information Safeguarding Documents.
• Understand the role of the Designated Safeguarding Lead;
• Attend Internal Safeguarding Training;
• Ensure that in front of other pupils they do not treat any child they know to have self-harmed or mental health concerns any differently from other pupils;
• Have a general awareness of the possible indicators of self-harm;
• Keep confidential any sensitive information which has been shared with them.

If a Member Of Staff Has Concerns About A Child, Or A Child Has Disclosed Self-Harm.
• Staff will follow the guidelines and the Designated Safeguarding staff will then follow the internal-Safeguarding/ Child Protection procedures.
• Children and Families New to England or the UK- If necessary involve representation from the interpreter services.

Listen carefully, reassure them that they were right to tell you.
Seek medical attention via First Aider – Report to reception.
If 1st Aid treatment given- Complete form via reception.
Do not try to investigate or ask leading questions.
Explain that you must tell someone else who can help them.
Report your concerns in person to a Designated Child Protection Officer as a matter of urgency, and send a follow up email confirming the details given in your verbal report.
Record your information and hand it to DCPO (Safeguarding Forms in Shared Folder).
Do not discuss or pass judgement.

Following the report, the designated safeguarding officer will decide on the appropriate course of action.
• Contacting parents /carers.
• Seek advice from External agencies i.e. Young Healthy Mind(Reflections) School Health Advisors/MASH/MIND
• Submit referral partner agencies.
• Internal support via Pastoral/Inclusion.

Further Considerations
Any meetings with a student, their parents/guardians regarding self- harm should be recorded in writing including:
• Dates and times.
• An action plan.
• Concerns raised.
• Details of anyone else who has been informed.

Internal SupportExternal Support
Safeguarding OfficerHealthy Young Minds (CAMHS/Reflections)
Pastoral ManagerSchool Health Advisor- Gillian Leigh
Inclusion MentorsMIND
Pastoral Co-ordinatorsMASH Team
In- school CounsellorNHS Direct
Mentoring ProgrammeNational Self-Harm Network
Reflection Programme/ Well-BeingLocal Children’s Safeguarding Board

Newman College Self-Harm Policy
Action Flowchart

  • Students can self-refer via Newman College’s here4u email.Faith Love Reconciliation Courage Respect Dignity & Excellence.Newman College Designated Safeguarding Team

    Designated Person(s)

    Margaret SweeneyPastoral
    Lindsay LloydInclusion
    Jayne GreenwoodPastoral
    Jenny HuddartPastoral
    Kate DiveneySLT Link
    Glyn PottsDeputy Headteacher
    Mike McGheeHeadteacher
    Christine CavillChild Protection Governor
    PREVENTLead(s)Glyn Potts
    Margaret Sweeney (Governor)
    Gary KearnsDesignated Teacher for (LAC)
    Looked After Children

    Calendared Staff Inset Training throughout the Academic Year 2017/2018

    Areas for Development:
    Improve the emotional wellbeing whole school community via PHSE Programme.
    Providing training sessions/workshops for parents/guardians on:
    • Mental Health Awareness
    • Stress Management
    • Strategies
    • Information/advice/guidance
    • Support forum

    Continue partnership working with Laura Langhorn Emotional Wellbeing Practitioner.
    Introduce the Well-Being Programme- Commencing Wednesday Enrichment Sessions.