Managing Self Harm in Schools: A Multi-Agency View

Alderton, Joanne (2011) Managing Self Harm in Schools: A Multi-Agency View. [Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)] (Unpublished)

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The current study is concerned with how schools and staff manage students who self-harm. It is recognised that there are major issues within the current research literature regarding the various definitions of self-harm, the variety of methodology in the research and therefore, in the results and theories generated. The current literature is relatively new due to the increasing public awareness of self-harming behaviour and is therefore, in early development.

The current study shows how schools, and staff, are struggling to manage and support students who self-harm due to lack of training and understanding of the condition. There is discussion of how educational settings are becoming more involved in pupil medical and mental health needs where the major issue appears to be that staff feel inadequately trained to deal with such situations and needs.

The conclusions in the study focus on how schools could best respond to the increasing issue of self-harm in school. The findings from the research literature and the current study suggest that a multi-agency approach may be the most effective. However, it is also recognised that the school ethos and curriculum content can support students significantly who are trying to manage their self-harm.

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Please note that alternative names and personal circumstances have been altered somewhat in case studies so that personal identities remain confidential. The school name, location and information has been altered so that the individual school cannot be identified. This has been done to protect individuals and the school where the research took place.

Item Type: Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)
Depositing User: EP, Services
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2012 12:13
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2018 14:49

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