Self Harm In Health And Social Care

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The guideline chosen for this discussion is the: Self-harm in over 8s: long-term management. This guideline discusses the long-term psychological treatment and management of single and recurrent episodes of self-harm. This guideline is a follow-up to a clinical guideline entitled Self-harm: the short-term physical and psychological management and secondary prevention of self-harm in primary and secondary care. This guideline was concerned with the treatment of self-harm within the first 48 hours of the incident. Both guidelines were developed with the help of multidisciplinary health professionals, individuals who self-harm and their families to help clinicians provide and plan the highest quality of care to people over the age of 8 years old whom self-harm (National Institute for Health and Care…show more content…
The practice recommends that health and social care professions who work with people who self-harm aim to develop “trusting, supportive, and engaging relationships with them” (National Guideline Clearinghouse, 2011). To do this they must “ensure that people are fully involved in decision-making about their treatment and care” and provide them with autonomy (National Guideline Clearinghouse, 2011). In addition they should be asked if they would like their family, caregiver, or significant other to be involved in their care and provided the necessary consent. The person should have access to services despite their cultural background. Workers should be trained in assessing, treating, and managing self-harm. Workers should also be educated about the stigmas that are related to self-harm individuals. It is also important that workers understand the Mental Capacity Act. The Mental Capacity includes 5 principles including: assuming a person has the capacity
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