St Mary’s Catholic School aims to play an important role in preventing self-harm and also in supporting students, peers and parents of students currently engaging in self-harm. 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. Therefore, this document describes the school’s approach to self-harm. This policy is intended as guidance for all staff including non-teaching staff and governors.


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