New resources on forced marriage, self-harm and positive mental health and wellbeing in children and young people

23 August 2019

New resources on forced marriage, self-harm and positive mental health and wellbeing in children and young peopleNew Research in Practice publications focus on key topics including forced marriage, self-harm, and positive mental health and wellbeing in children and young people:

An accompanying Mapping Resource (PDF) provides details of each new release and who they are aimed at, as well as identifying a selection of related publications from the Research in Practice back catalogue.


Positive mental health and wellbeing in children and young people: Suggestions for practice

Positive mental health and wellbeing in children and young people: Suggestions for practiceThis resource aims to help those working with children and young people to:

  • Develop the skills needed to identify mental health needs.
  • Recognise areas of strength and resilience in young people and parents.
  • Provide support through direct work with families.

The approach adopted is informed by the theory and practice of mentalisation, along with other types of effective help such as social support, problem-solving and guided self-help.

Designed for: Social workers, family support workers, and team managers in direct practice with children, young people and families. Also for the wider workforce, including those in education.

Cost: £10 (+VAT).


Understanding self-harm among children and adolescents: Frontline Briefing

Understanding self-harm among children and adolescents: Frontline BriefingThe aim of this briefing is toincrease understanding of self-harm – what it is, why it happens, what it means, and how to respond to and support children, young people and their families.

Given the extensive literature on self-harm, it provides a broad introduction to the topic, while the complementary resource – Responding to self-harm among children and adolescents: Suggestions for practice – offers practical strategies and techniques to help frontline staff respond more effectively to those affected by self-harm.

Designed for: Social workers, family support workers, and team managers in direct practice with children, young people and families. Also for the wider workforce, including those in education.

Cost: £12 (+VAT).


Responding to self-harm among children and adolescents: Suggestions for practice

Responding to self-harm among children and adolescents: Suggestions for practiceThis resource complements the Understanding self-harm among children and ­­adolescents: Frontline Briefing and is designed to support practitioners in their everyday practice to use research evidence in relation to self-harm.

The four core sections address:

  • What is meant by self-harm, as well as signs of, and risk factors associated with, self-harm.
  • Reasons why young people self-harm and links between suicide and self-harm.
  • How to respond to disclosures of self-harm and engage with young people, including assessments.
  • Guidance on multi-agency working, including working with children and young people’s mental health services.

Designed for: Social workers, family support workers, and team managers in direct practice with children, young people and families. Also for the wider workforce, including those in education.

Cost: £10 (+VAT).


Forced marriage – recognition and response: Frontline Briefing

Forced marriage – recognition and response: Frontline BriefingThis briefing aims to build confident social work and family support practice to recognise, prevent and intervene in forced marriage involving children and young people. It’s comprised of seven sections:

  • Introduction and context.
  • Differences between a forced and arranged marriage.
  • Characteristics of honour-based abuse.
  • Potential warning signs and indicators of forced marriage and honour-based abuse.
  • Responding to cases of forced marriage.
  • Forced Marriage Protection Orders.
  • Resources for practitioners, victims and survivors.

Designed for: Social workers, family support workers, and team managers in direct practice with children, young people and families.

Cost: £12 (+VAT).

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