According to researching from the University of Manchester, there is evidence to suggest a steep rise in self harm among girls aged 13 to 16.
The British Medical Journal study looked at data for nearly 17,000 patients from more than 600 GP practices from 2011-2014, identified that GPs could be getting better at picking up self-harm. However, suggested that it was likely that rising stress and psychological problems in young people were behind the trend.
Since 2001, girls have had much higher rates of self-harm than boys – 37.4 per 10,000 compared with 12.3 in boys. The NSPCC said giving children support early could be a matter of life or death. However, this is sometimes very challenging to achieve due to difficulties of lengthy waiting lists in accessing children mental health services.
While self-harm rates stayed constant among 10- to 12-year-olds and 17- to 19-year-olds, there was a 68% increase among 13- to 16-year-olds over the three-year period studied. This took the rate in girls from 45.9 per 10,000 in 2011 to 77 per 10,000 in 2014.
Given this information, as professionals, we much continue to develop our knowledge, understanding and ability to identify the signs of possible self-harm so as to promote safeguarding and welfare of children and young people. As such, see below a link in relation to free Online training in relation to self-harm:
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