Self-harm can be something a child or young person resorts to to cope with overwhelming feelings that they don’t feel they can express in any other way. It can also be a way of punishing themselves. It commonly takes the form of cutting their own skin with sharp objects but may also include other ways of inflicting pain including burning, head banging, self-poisoning and multiple other forms. Self- harm should always be considered as a communication that something is wrong in a child’s world that needs further attention and support.
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