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Responding to Self-Harm in Children and Adolescents: A Professional's Guide to Identification, Intervention and Support

by Steven Walker Jessica Kingsley Publishers
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Pbk 144 pages
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Self-harm is a growing problem in children and young people but it can be hard to understand and difficult to recognise. Responding to Self-Harm in Children and Adolescents will help professionals to understand self-harm and respond appropriately. It covers what the risk factors are, including social exclusion, and who is most likely to self-harm. Information on what self-harm is and what causes it, including mental health issues, problems in childhood and trauma, is included. The book also covers how to recognise self-harm and how to immediately respond in an emergency, and different intervention methods are explored. Finally, the author discusses means of support, including how parents and friends can help.

This accessible guide provides clear and easily digestible information and practical advice to any professional working with a child or young person who is suspected of, or actually self-harming.

Recent research suggests that 10% of 15 to 16 year olds have self-harmed Accessible: easy to read and contains practical advice Interdisciplinary: suitable for any professional who encounters a child or young person who is self-harming

Acknowledgements. Introduction. 1. Understanding Self-harm. 2. Recognising and Treating Self-harm. 3. Early Intervention, Prevention and the Journey to Recovery. 4. Supporting the Self-harming Child. Appendices. References. Index.

This book is targeted at professionals who may encounter, or work with, children and adolescents at risk of self-harming. Walker is an expert in child and adolescent mental health and as a social worker and psychotherapist has had many years of hands on experience... this book is the ideal starting point, giving the reader an awareness of the hidden signs, how to approach the young person and their family and the different types of help available.
Steven Walker is Head of Child and Adolescent Mental Health at Anglia Ruskin University, UK. He is a registered social worker and psychotherapist and has worked in social care for over 30 years, specialising in child protection and child and adolescent mental health.