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Supporting Self Harm and Eating Disorders in Schools

Tuesday 4 Oct 2022


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Attend this masterclass to ensure that your school is prepared for their role in tackling the increased prevalence of self-harm and eating disorders amongst children and young people.

There has been a big increase in the reported cases of both self-harm and eating disorders, in many cases these conditions are seen together. Research suggests that 1 in 4 women and 1 in 10 men have self-harmed at some point in their life and a record number of children are being treated for eating disorders.

This practical Masterclass will help senior leader navigate this topic gaining a better understanding of both conditions and the role of the school in supporting these students.

You’ll come away with know-how and practical ideas that you can put into action in your school to help you put in place preventative measures, aid early identification, and take the appropriate response. Understand the action you can take, whether it through improving PSHE programmes or implementing new or more effective policies and procedures.

During this masterclass you will also look specifically at supporting boys with eating disorders and self-harm, and how your approach might differ.

This Masterclass will broaden your knowledge so that you are able to work with other agencies, school staff and parents and carers to ensure that children are accessing the right support and treatment.

Senior Mental Health Leads, SENCOs, Pastoral Leads, Designated Safeguarding Leads, School Counsellors, School Nurses, members of the SLT should attend

Key Learning Objectives
This Masterclass will enable you to:

  • Familiarise yourself with types of self-harm and eating disorders, and the link between the two
  • Explore some of the common emotions and thoughts that are associated with these conditions
  • Identify underlying factors and the impact of low self-esteem
  • Understand recommended treatments and the school’s role in accessing them
  • Develop an action plan to implement a range of preventative actions
  • Know what policies and procedures you can implement within your school
  • Support self-harm and eating disorders with boys
  • Develop a programme to boost self-esteem and self-image
  • Understand the importance of early-intervention and what steps to take and when


Sam is a renowned speaker, trainer and author specialising in mental health and SEN. She has been a SENCo in a large secondary school and is a qualified Cognitive Behaviour Therapist and a Child and Adolescent Counsellor. Sam also set up a company providing mental health CBT programmes for schools. She is in high demand to speak at conferences and events and provides in-house training for schools and companies, nationally and internationally. Lauded for her humour and ‘telling it like it is’ approach to mental health, Sam has had her book Mental Health in Education published by Routledge, and regularly writes for several publications with more books in the pipeline for publication  


Facilitated by:

Sam Garner

Mental Health & Wellbeing Consultant

In-house Training

This course can be held at your organisation for up 25 delegates, we can tailor the content to suit your organisation and CPD needs of your staff. Led by experienced and highly rated trainers, in-house training works out cost-effective for groups and saves travel time.

Contact katym@hc-uk.org.uk with your requirements for further information and a quote.

In-house Training

Fee Options

Virtual Training



(Prices in brackets include VAT)


Additional delegate discount:

A discount of 15% will be applied to fees for any extra delegates.

Online discount:

A discount of 10% will be applied if you pay using the website.

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