Bexley Council is developing a Suicide and Self-harm Prevention Strategy with the input of professionals from across the safeguarding partnership. This work will continue during 2020 and the strategy will be shared on this page.

Self-harm is often linked to suicide. For some people, self-harm is a coping mechanism rather than a suicide attempt. However, some individuals that self-harm may well go on to attempt suicide and it is therefore important not to dismiss such behaviour as solely attention seeking. In a percentage of completed suicides there will have been a history of self-harm, but only a very small number of children who self-harm go on to attempt or complete suicide.


NHS guidance and links to other resources are set out here:

Young Minds have a helpline exclusively for parents who are worried about self-harm:

Tel: 0808 802 5544

The NSPCC have some good information about the warning signs of self-harm and how to help someone you believe to be self-harming:

Headscape is an online resource offered by CAMHS in Bexley and Greenwich giving advice and support for young people on mental health issues:

The Department for Education issued guidance for schools (last updated in 2018) can be found here:

Public Health England published the following resource in 2015 which is designed to be a ‘whole school and college approach’:

London Borough of Ealing produced a guide to self-harm for schools in 2014 that still has useful information for professionals:

Ealing Managing Self-harm Guidance 2014.pdf

The Samaritans have produced a helpful leaflet for schools in relation to suicide:

How to prepare and respond to suicide in schools.pdf

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have produced an interactive flowchart on responding to someone over 8 years old who has self-harmed for health professionals in emergency departments:

The NICE quality standard covers the initial management of self-harm and the provision of longer-term support for children and young people (aged 8 to 18) and adults (aged 18 and over) who self-harm:

There are resources and information for young people and their parents / carers elsewhere on this website:

Self-harm – information for young people

Self-harm – information for families

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