Research into self harm and young people

Tonight Harmless hosted a self harm advisory group of young people, to support the research project: Listen Up!

The problem of self-harm among young people in care is to be tackled as part of this research project being led by The University of Nottingham.

The study is offering 11 to 18 year olds living in either residential care homes or with foster carers and care leavers the chance to speak out about why they self-harm and will attempt to identify any common themes which led them to this behaviour.

The project will also aim to highlight services or support which is particularly successful in helping looked-after young people who self-harm in their recovery. The research results will be used in the future to inform the development of improved health and social services.

The advisory group exists to support this research project and is comprised of young people who have a shared interest in improving services for young people that self harm and have their own histories of self harm. The meeting went well, and helped to advise and inform the research team in the driving the research forwards.

We are now looking to speak to young people over the age of 11, that have experience of self harm, to take part in the research study. The main criteria at this stage, is that the young people have no involvement of health services. Do you know someone who might want to take part or find out more and get involved? If so, you can email Harmless on or for more information.

Taking part in this research on self harm is absolutely vital if we are to improve services for young people that self harm, especially developing our understanding of looked after children and self harm. Together we can find solutions to the growing problem of self harm, so please get involved!

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