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This CPD approved online self-harm training course has been created to help people working with children and adults identify the warning signs of self-harm and understand what to do if self-harm is suspected. The self-harm course comes with an instant digital certificate on completion and takes 1-2 hours to complete.

This course was reviewed and updated on 16th October 2023

Self harm awareness key information
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Self harm awareness key information
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Course Overview


  • Intermediate
  • 1-2 Study Hours
  • Online Study
  • Self-Printed Certificate


  • 3 CPD Points
  • CPD Certified

Course description

Being able to identify and understand self-harm and its causes is crucial for anyone who works with vulnerable children young people or adults. This training will help learners to understand what to do if they suspect someone is potentially self-harming.

Mental health problems among children and young people to be on the rise, so self-harm awareness and an understanding of how to support young people who are at risk of self-harm is vital for anyone who has safeguarding responsibilities.

This course covers types of self-harm, reasons for and indicators of someone self-harming, and how to identify and help someone who is harming themselves.

This course covers the following:

  • A definition of self-harm and how to identify it
  • The prevalence of self-harm, and relevant statistics
  • Links between self-harm and mental wellbeing
  • Acts of self-harm
  • The self-harm cycle
  • Risk factors for self-harm in both children and adults

The course includes a range of scenarios to enable to learner to reflect on own practice and engage in their learning; it also includes knowledge check challenges throughout.

You will learn

  • Define self-harm and its different forms
  • Recognise risk factors and who is most at risk
  • Describe the cycle of self-harm
  • Outline the indicators of someone self-harming

Who is it for?

Roles including:

  • Teachers
  • Teaching assistants
  • Education workers
  • Social workers
  • Volunteers
  • Police officers

How the online courses work

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  • Buy the course

    When buying one of our courses, you will need to enter a valid email address which will be used to create your account with our Learning Management System – Enable – where you will take the training. We will also send your purchase receipt to this email address, and any additional courses purchased in future using the same email address will be added to your system account.

    Once you have purchased a course, you will be able to send this course to other people using your system account with Enable by entering the new learner’s email address so that they may access the training and set up their own system account with our Learning Management System.

    If you are not 100% satisfied with your course then we offer a 30-day, no hassle money-back guarantee. To request a refund, you should email our learner support team with your receipt stating why you would like to be reimbursed. You, or your learners, must not have completed the training in order to make a valid refund claim. Any claim made after the training has been completed will be invalidated.

  • Take the course

    This online course consists of a series of pages in which an instructor will talk learners through the lesson material. Pages may include supporting pictures, graphs, animation or extra sounds to help with the learning where appropriate. Some lessons will include challenges/quizzes to help learners stay engaged and interested in the material. Lessons can be taken in any order and each lesson may be paused and resumed at any stage.

    The course is self-paced so learners decide how fast or slow the training goes. There is no deadline for completion but some of our courses have a test at the end to check that learners have understood the material. If the course has a test at the end then learners are required to achieve a 75% pass mark to successfully complete the course. Once learners have passed the test they are awarded a certificate, which can either be downloaded digitally or sent as a physical copy if this option was chosen when purchasing the course.

  • Your Certificate

    Upon completion of any of our courses, learners will be able to download a digital certificate from Virtual College and will include the accrediting bodies logo where applicable.

    If you have bought the posted certificate option (available on select courses), a high quality, seal embossed, certificate will be sent out at the beginning of the following working week.