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28/02/20

Investigating enzyme action in a Year 8 practical science lesson this week https://t.co/c335G1ylWO

28/02/20

Year 7 doing a ‘human photocopier’ activity in their biology lesson on the menstrual cycle https://t.co/PZE4FsvCAi

28/02/20

Ms Longstaff has written to parents today about World Book Day next Thursday. Dressing up as a book character is welcome (but optional), and there will be a cake sale in the library at lunch. https://t.co/bVR4mhn4Vi

27/02/20

Retweetd From Steve Duffy

Today at our lesson changeovers are sponsored by Beethoven! https://t.co/okXNmQgR1d

25/02/20

Retweetd From Steve Duffy

Loving the new lesson changeovers here at ! Bells are out, Mozart is in! Students have until the music finishes to get to their next lesson! https://t.co/XmAggOA3hl

16/02/20

Retweetd From Harris Sutton

We are delighted to share the third edition of our school newsletter. https://t.co/BZXFtiisec It's packed full of news, student work, photos and information. Please take some time over the half-term break to read it with your child. We hope you enjoy it. https://t.co/qQAF8IfKTQ

13/02/20

We are delighted to share the third edition of our school newsletter. https://t.co/BZXFtiisec It's packed full of news, student work, photos and information. Please take some time over the half-term break to read it with your child. We hope you enjoy it. https://t.co/qQAF8IfKTQ

12/02/20

Our Year 8s doing food tests in their biology lesson https://t.co/8mbdWowL1B

12/02/20

Retweetd From Passivhaus Trust

Pupils benefit from reduced CO2 & better daylight levels, aiding concentration in new School https://t.co/EHknfS7ggh via RIBA Journal https://t.co/fHABSa2pPC

10/02/20

Don’t forget we have an Inset Day this Friday (Valentines Day)! School will be closed to students while teachers attend subject specific training days in other Harris Federation schools. https://t.co/OVJ7ANcuFj

08/02/20

If your child has achieved something amazing outside of school in the last couple of months then please let us know! Get in touch this week so we can celebrate their achievements in our next school newsletter. https://t.co/BZXFtiisec

08/02/20

Here's a great photo of the Year 8 netball team. They have played exceptionally well this year. Full sets of results and news from all HASU sports teams will be published in the school newsletter, which comes out on 14th February. https://t.co/99kgckWBt4

07/02/20

Retweetd From Architype

Thank you for shining a light on our beautiful school. Associate Christian Dimbleby explains, 'Passivhaus isn’t just an energy but a comfort standard.' We've created a school that balances sustainability with stunning aesthetics. https://t.co/qJI262Bz3K https://t.co/89Bmwb07k2

07/02/20

Year 7 learning about acids and alkalis in their chemistry lesson today . https://t.co/UCA9CkHdB1

06/02/20

Columbus Cubes are tricky to make! They persevered. 👍 https://t.co/CJmObaR4uI

04/02/20

Year 8 developing their debating skills https://t.co/pYuvVhU2bv

04/02/20

Here's Year 7 in their career workshops https://t.co/GoxMSj3w6C

04/02/20

Here's Year 8 creating living graphs that evaluate the impact of Suffragists and Suffragettes on the fight for women’s votes https://t.co/uZhcjo1iw1

04/02/20

We had a wonderful IID Day at HASU today. Year 7 focused on careers and Year 8 learnt about democracy. It was lovely to see so many students looking very smart and grown up in business attire. Thank you to all the families who made this happen! 1/2 https://t.co/kLESSexCV0

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Self Harm

Self-harm is defined as: ‘The act of deliberately causing harm to oneself either by causing a physical injury, by putting oneself in dangerous situations and/or self-neglect’.

Why do people self-harm?

Self-harm can take a number of forms.  Self-harm is a way of coping and obtaining relief from a difficult and otherwise overwhelming situation or emotional state.  Someone who self-harms is usually in a state of high emotion, distress and inner-turmoil.  A person will often struggle with difficulties for some time before they self-harm.

Situations that can trigger self-harm:

  • Relationship problems with partners, friends or family
  • Pressures e.g. school work and exams, sporting performance, family issues
  • Bullying
  • Trying to fit in (some social groups are more accepting of self-harming behaviours)
  • Feeling bad about one’s self (guilt, shame, worthlessness)
  • Physical, emotional or sexual abuse
  • Feeling depressed

Self-harm and Suicide:

Whilst self-injury and suicide are separate, those who self-injure are in emotional distress and those who end their lives are also in emotional distress.  In addition, there is always the danger that self-harm could go wrong and cause death, although this may not have been the intention.  It is vital that all emotional distress is taken seriously to minimise the chances of self-injury, and suicide.  Any warning sign or talk of suicide must be taken seriously.

 What to do if a young person discloses that they are self-harming:

  • Listen to the young person in emotional distress calmly and explain that you are not judging them or their behaviour.
  • Do not assuring confidentiality.
  • Try to remain calm. Young people who self-harm can find it very hard to talk about what has happened and are often afraid of how people will react. The reaction a young person receives when they disclose their self-harm can have a critical influence on whether they go on to access supportive services. Any indication of a negative emotion or being judgmental is likely to aggravate the situation.
  • If the wounds are fresh, seek first aid treatment and assessment.
  • Members of staff should report incidents of self-harm in the same way as other safeguarding issues
  • Where parents/carers are aware of such instances, we would strongly recommend that school is informed.

If it is disclosed to the school that a student is self-harming

The student will be seen by one of the designated safeguarding leads in the school together another suitable member of staff except where parents/carers inform the school and provide information. 

If the student is expressing suicidal thoughts or is in imminent danger of causing themselves significant harm, parents/carers will be called and advised to take the child to A & E.  In extreme cases an ambulance will be called.  In these cases, the school is required to make a referral to the Multi-agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH).

Where the self-harm does not cause concern for the students immediate welfare, the Designated Safeguard Lead or Deputy Safeguard Lead will contact parents/carers and advise that a GP appointment is made.  Further support such as a meeting with the School’s Student Welfare officer, Student Counsellor or a referral to CAHMS will be discussed with the parents/carers.

Students will be advised:

  • Not to display open wounds/injuries.  These should be dressed appropriately.
  • To talk to the appropriate member of staff if they are in emotional distress
  • To alert a teacher if they suspect another student is self-harming or at serious risk of harm to themselves, and know when confidentiality must be broken.

Further information:

For further information on self-harm visit:-

www.youngminds.org.uk

www.mind.org.uk

www.nshn.co.uk

www.childline.org.uk

www.samaritans.org.uk

www.mentalhealth.org.uk