Self-harming behaviours

Audience Foster carers, Specialist school staff, Specialist college staff, Social workers
Course Level 3
Hours 10

Learning criteria

  • Explain how the attachment process in infancy promotes adaptive behaviour
  • Describe three different types of maladaptive behaviour: eating disorders
  • self-injuring and substance misuse
  • Explain the impact of adolescence on adaptability
  • Show awareness of theory and research on the origins of different types of self- harming behaviours
  • Explain the benefits which children and young people believe they may derive from self harming behaviour
  • Describe positive interventions in working with children and young people who self-harm

Learning outcomes

  • Understand how childhood trauma can lead to a range of self-harming behaviours
  • Develop skills in working effectively with children and young people who harm themselves