Workforce Guidance: Self Harming Behaviours
This guidance is not intended for use in circumstances where there is an immediate threat to life or risk of significant physical harm.
If you have serious and immediate concerns regarding the safety of a child or young person due to self-harm, suicidal ideation or other significant risk issue then contact the emergency services by dialling 999.
Worried about a child?
Anyone can make a referral if you are worried about any child and think they may be a victim of neglect or abuse, whether as a member of the public or as a professional.
Please use the North Yorkshire Self-harm and Suicidal Ideation Pathway at the beginning of this document to
identify the appropriate support available.
Professionals in all agencies have a responsibility to refer a child to Children’s Social Care when it is believed or suspected that a child:
- Has suffered significant harm and /or;
- Is likely to suffer significant harm and/or;
- Has developmental and welfare needs which are likely only to be met through provision of family support services (with agreement of the child’s parent).
If you are worried about a child or a young person under the age of 18, you should contact the children and young people’s service through the Customer Service Centre. If your concern is outside of normal office hours, you should contact the emergency duty team.
During Office Hours
By Phone: 01609 780 780
Outside Office Hours
Emergency Duty Team (for evenings, weekends and bank holidays): 01609 780 780
Further details can be found at the following address:
- www.northyorks.gov.uk/social-care-out-hourssupport or
Making a referral
Before making a referral to the North Yorkshire Children and Young People’s Service Service you should contact the Customer Service Centre on the number above. A written confirmation of the referral must be completed and submitted within 24 hours. Where possible, the North Yorkshire Children and Young People’s Service request that you use their ”Universal Referral Form” to ensure that all relevant information is provided to ensure that the referral can be progressed as effectively as possible the North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Partnership’s website contains a broad range of information, signposting and referral guidance in relation to children who may be vulnerable or at risk.