G_CS_47 Guidelines for School Nurse Role in Management of Children and Young People with Self Harm

School Nurses in Lincolnshire are commissioned to provide Tier 1 CAMHS support to children and young people as defined in Service Specification for School Nursing Service (Lincolnshire Community Health Services 2014).  The Healthy Child Programme (From 5-9 years old) (DH 2009) identifies early intervention in Emotional Health and Wellbeing of children and young people as part of the School Nurse Role.

The National Service Framework for Children, Young People and Maternity Services: The Mental Health and Psychological Well-being of Children and Young People (DH, DfES 2004) defines Tier 1 as CAMHS provided by professionals working in universal services who are in a position to:

  • Identify mental health problems early in their development
  • Offer general advice
  • Pursue opportunities for mental health promotion and prevention.

The purpose of these guidelines is to implement a coordinated and uniform approach to the school nurse role in the management of children and young people who present with self-harm, based on best available evidence.  It should be used in conjunction with the Procedural Document for School Nurse Role in the Management of Depression, the Procedural Document for School Nurse Role in the Management of Children and Young People with Eating Disorders and the Procedural Document for School Nurse Role in the Management of Anxiety and Stress in Children and Young People. 

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