Self-Harm Policy and Procedure

The Tameside Self-Harm Policy and Procedure is intended for use by anyone working with children and young people in Tameside. The document includes the pathways to follow where a young person has self-harmed or has expressed the intention to self-harm; there is a pathway for those aged under 16 and a separate pathway for 16 and 17 year olds. The document also details the support available for young people depending on their identified level of need and risk, as well as tools for assessing the risk level.


All practitioners are strongly encouraged to read the Greater Manchester Safeguarding Procedures manual; this contains a wealth of information around definitions of self-harm, how to support a young person who discloses or who you suspect is self-harming and conversation prompts.

Courses relating to youth emotional wellbeing and mental health

Tameside Safeguarding Children Board is supporting Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group with the provision of free courses for youth emotional wellbeing and mental health.

Professionals and volunteers in Tameside who want to access this training are expected to undertake blended progressive training or a training ladder, which involves successful completion of five 30 minute e-learning modules prior to attending a 2 day face-2-face course, 'Youth Mental Health First Aid'. Please see separate 'Training Schedule 2017/18' for the dates of the face-2-face courses on offer.

Please note that accessing these courses is different to the usual system for accessing other courses on TSCB’s training programme. The system for accessing the courses is outlined below and is reinforced on the 'Training Schedule 2017/18'.

The pre-requisite e-learning training package consists of the following:

  1. Module: Introduction to 21st Century School Health
    Engaging Children and Young People

    This session is aimed at a universal audience and presents a basic guide to engaging children and young people in a one-to-one interview. It describes how to prepare for the meeting and how to adapt the setting and your manner for different age and ethnic groups. It offers activities to help conversation flow. It gives examples of how to get the most out of your first encounter with a young person.

  2. Module: Normal Psychological Development
    Attachment and Human Development

    This session is aimed at a universal audience and describes attachment patterns found in infancy and the research that lies behind it.

  3. Module: Common Problems and First Help
    Mental Health and Well-being

    This session is aimed at a universal audience and aims to help practitioners to describe mental health and well-being and identify the wider social determinants which protect vulnerable children and adolescents.

  4. Module: Providing Care in the Right Way
    Basic Diagnosi

    This session is aimed at a universal audience and covers diagnosis as it is an important tool in child mental health. It helps to ensure that people are talking about the same difficulties, and helps people to think about what might be helpful treatment.

  5. Module: Managing the Mental Health of Children and Young People with Heightened Vulnerability
    Managing Risk: Self-harm and Suicidality

    This session is aimed at more experienced/specialist users and will focus on the shorter and longer-term management of self-harm and suicidality, building on the assessment frameworks covered in linked sessions within MindEd.

    Successful completion of all 5 e-learning modules will facilitate access to a face-2-face two day training course, 'Youth Mental Health First Aid', which teaches people how to identify, understand and help a young person who may be developing a mental health issue. In the same way as we learn physical first aid; Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to recognise those crucial warning signs of mental ill health. Participants will learn how to, spot the early signs; fell confident in helping; provide help on a first aid basis; help protect a young person who might be at risk of harm.

    8 cohorts of face-2-face courses will be available between May 2017 and February 2018, please see separate 'Training Schedule 2017/18' for details.

    For further information on the courses or training ladder and details on how to book onto a face-2-face course please contact, Katrin Viella, Community Development Specialist Trainer, telephone: 0161 330 9223, email:

For further information and advice for both professionals and the young people and families you are working with, there are a number of online resources you can consult:

What to do if you are worried about a child

If you think a child is being abused or mistreated or you have concerns about a child’s well-being please contact one of the numbers shown on this page.

Your phone call could help to safeguard a child who may be at risk.

If the situation is immediately dangerous for the child then ring 999 and ask for the Police.

If the child is not in immediate danger contact:

Children's Hub

  • Monday to Friday during office hours - 0161 342 4101
  • Monday to Friday outside office hours and weekends and public holidays – 0161 342 2222
  • GM Procedures Manual