Self-harm: Identification of need in an educational setting

Closed 2 Feb 2020

Opened 9 Jan 2020


We would like to understand how your educational setting responds to children and young people who self-harm, and what additional support you might need.

This survey is open to any staff who work in an educational setting in West Sussex, this includes alternative provision colleges. Please forward on to colleagues who may also wish to offer their views. We are very grateful for all responses.

Why We Are Consulting

As part of ongoing work, the Public Health Team at West Sussex county council is working on creating a self-harm needs assessment within educational settings. We would like to understand how professionals respond to children and young people who self-harm, and what additional support they might need.

After the results are collated, they will be used to inform the development of an improvement strategy for self-harm. If you would like to be updated on the development of the strategy please contact Danielle Wilkinson, Schools and Colleges Programme Manager for Self-Harm  –


What is self-harm?

The National Self-Harm Network defines self-harm as the following:

Self-harm can take many different forms and as an individual act is hard to define. However, in general self-harm (also known as self-injury or self-mutilation) is the act of deliberately causing harm to oneself either by causing a physical injury, by putting oneself in dangerous situations and / or self-neglect.”

For the purpose of this piece of work, self-harm will not include the use of alcohol or other drugs, although their use in conjunction with self-injurious behavior is acknowledged.

Example forms of self-harm can include but are not limited to:

  • Cutting/burning their skin
  • Biting themselves
  • Pinching/scratching skin
  • Hitting head on walls
  • Self-strangulation
  • Starting or initiating fights

Privacy information: This survey is anonymous, and we don't ask you to provide any personal information. Please ensure that any comments you make don't include any names or personal details of you or anyone else. You can find more information about how the data will be stored and processed by West Sussex County Council on our website


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