Re-framing self-harm in Norwich

As part of the Early Action Neighbourhood Fund, Mancroft Advice Project (MAP) has started delivering training and CPD work to teachers in the three academies and schools attached to the project. The first event was for staff at City Academy Norwich, where MAP delivered Self Harm training to 20 members of the academy team. This was identified as a training need by the teachers, when MAP conducted a staff survey around emotion wellbeing and mental health late in 2015.

The course covers background information regarding self harm, signs and symptoms, why young people self harm and tools to support young people around this issue. The staff gave excellent feedback on the training, with one participant commenting “There was excellent information given, in a sensitive and engaging way. Advice was also given on supporting young people and dealing with self harm”. Another in attendance said “It was useful to reframe self harm as a normalised event, not just a reaction to a crisis event”

We asked the teachers to rate their confidence in supporting young people around self harm on a scale of 1-5. Before the training the average score was 2.3/5, however once the training finished this rose significantly to 4.1/5. The same training will also be delivered within CNS and Notre Dame within the coming months. 

UK funders come together to launch the £5.3m Early Action Neighbourhood Fund

The Fund was launched in February 2015.

Commenting, Dawn Austwick, Chief Executive of the Big Lottery Fund, said:

“This is an exciting moment, building on 12 months’ work but with aspirations to change the way early action is approached long into the future. It is also a great way of working together as funders, drawing in best practice, learning and experience from all the partners. Our collective funding can enable people in Hartlepool, Norwich and Coventry to identify and solve problems early; experiences we can all learn from.”

Commenting, Judith McNeill, Grants Director of Comic Relief, said:

“Early action makes sense. Why wait until problems are entrenched and harder to solve? By targeting funding early, we will see better outcomes for individuals, families, and communities and hopefully show that by using limited resources in a different way we can stretch them further and help more people .”

Commenting, Caroline Mason, Chief Executive of Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, said:

“Acting early to help people become more able to deal with life’s challenges is common sense, but far from common practice. Foundations like Esmée Fairbairn can do this because we can fund and think over the long-term. We hope that this fund will demonstrate the value of early action to other funders, commissioners and to the voluntary sector.”