Self-harm is one of the top five causes of acute medical and surgical admission in UK hospitals. Distressing, but what has that to do with Security?

Healthcare – and other – security officers, on campuses for example, are often called to ‘safeguard’ patients who are known to be at risk of self-harming, says trainer Jim O’Dwyer, of AEGIS Protective Services.

Self-harming has been escalating alarmingly in recent years. The most recent survey (due to be published in 2015) is expected to confirm that there has been a threefold increase in the number of teenagers who self-harm in England over the last decade. Of the 6,000 young people aged 11, 13 and 15 surveyed across England – up to one in five 15-year-olds said they self-harm and 43pc said they self-harmed at least once a month.

Without suitable training, it would be easy to just follow your basic instincts and end up doing completely the wrong thing and making the situation worse! And, that’s the reason why self-harm awareness training has been incorporated in our Healthcare Security Officer training course, which is endorsed by the National Association for Healthcare Security (NAHS).

Also, as the topic of self-harm is relevant to all security professionals, we have made ‘Self-Harm Awareness Training‘ available as a ‘stand-alone’ e-learning CPD course that is recognised by the Security Institute (2 points).

Read the full article on ‘Self-Harm Awareness Training’ in the Professional Security Magazine Online

Learn more about our Self-Harm Awareness Training CPD e-learning course