This course aims to educate learners about the warning signs, risk factors and actions to take should they suspect a child or young person is self-harming or having suicidal thoughts.
Self-harm and suicidal thoughts can affect children of any age. The number of girls aged ten to 19 in the UK who self-harm increased by 68 per cent between 2011 and 2017, research from the University of Manchester and Keele University showed.
Meanwhile, the NSPCC's Childline handled an average of 60 calls each day in 2017 from children reporting suicidal thoughts.
Mental health problems among children appear to be on the rise, so self-harm awareness and an understanding of how to support young people reporting suicidal thoughts is vital for anyone who works in a safeguarding position.
The Virtual College Self-Harm and Suicidal Thoughts in Children and Young People course has been created with this in mind.
This e-learning course is designed to educate learners about the warning signs and potential risk factors for self-harm in children, and the steps they should take if they believe a young person is having suicidal thoughts.
After completing the course, learners will be able to:
This digital learning course is for anyone who comes into contact with children and young people as part of their job and may find themselves having to listen to reports of self-harm or suicidal thoughts. NHS staff, teachers, social workers, youth workers and even parents would all benefit from taking the module.
This course covers the following lesson plan:
The content of this course has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.
After completing this course, learners will be able to download and print a Virtual College certificate for their records.
This e-learning course should take between an hour and 90 minutes to complete, but this really depends on each learner's individual learning speed and how quickly or slowly they absorb the study material. With e-learning, people can take as long as they need.
There are no specific entry requirements.
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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.
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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.
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 physically copy if this option was chosen when purchasing the course.
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 by first class post at the beginning of the following working week.