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Suicide First Aid – Children and Young People

Suicide First Aid – Children and Young People

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The course has been developed to give participants the knowledge, skills and confidence to understand that suicide is one of the most preventable deaths amongst children and young people.  

It will teach the theory and practice of suicide intervention skills that can be applied within any education setting with transferable skills to personal settings. The training is for staff wishing to gain a greater understanding and improved confidence to intervene with children and young people experiencing suicidal thoughts.    


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Course overview:

SFA CYP is comprised of 4 parts, each 90 mins duration.  The programme teaches and practices the skills and knowledge needed to identify a child or young person that may be thinking about suicide and competently intervene.   


PART 1 – 09.30 to 11.00 

  • Introduction & programme outline 
  • Working with attitudes & values 
  • Stigma, survivors of bereavement by suicide and the Hidden Toll 
  • Suicide – The Ripple Effect – Sector specific statistics. 
  • Suicide thoughts and suicide behaviour 
  • Intention of behaviour Versus Outcome of behaviour 
  • Possible Causes of thoughts of suicide 
  • Impact of ACE’s/ Adolescent Brain Development 



 PART 2 – 11.15 to 12.45 

  • Population-based approach to suicide prevention 
  • Suicide Prevention-Intervention Postvention 
  • Partnership working – First Aid Approach 
  • “I’m really glad you told me”– school film audio visual 



 PART 3 – 13.30 to 14.45 

  • Meeting the needs of a person who is thinking about suicide 
  • Suicide-Safety Guide – 3 Step Model 
  • Step 1 – Recognise and asking about suicide 
  • Step 2 – Understanding and exploring options 



 PART 4 – 15.00 to 16.30  

  • Step 3 – Helping you cope 
  • Suicide-safety and self-care 
  • Future learning 

Methods of delivery:

Suicide First Aid: Children and Young People is a one-day training course, comprised of four parts, each 90 minutes long.  The training can be delivered online or in person and the learning experience will be interactive and as engaging as possible. You will receive a workbook to take part in group activities and have an opportunity to learn about extra resources that are available to support you after the training.    

Pre-training requirement:

No previous experience is necessaryParticipants will be asked to self-reflect and empathise with a person having thoughts of suicideThere is no expectation on participants to share personal experiences. 

Who should attend?

This is targeted professional learning and should be attended by any professional who supports secondary aged children and young people in a pastoral or wellbeing role and who would benefit from a more in depth understanding of suicide prevention and support for children and young people. 

This may include, but is not exclusive to: 

School Principals, Head Teachers/Heads of Year, Safeguarding Leads, Teachers, Teaching Assistants, School Counsellors, Pastoral Staff, Residential School Settings, School Nurses, Looked after Children Nurses, LSA (Learning Support Assistant)/ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistance)/School based Counsellors/Youth Workers, Administration Staff, Primary Care Staff/Hospital School Teaching Teams, Alternative Education Provision, Secure Unit Staff Teams etc. 

What are the benefits?

The training aims to provide attendees with the confidence and competence to identify children and young people who may be at risk of suicide, as well as the knowledge, skills and tools to respond appropriately.   


How to book a course:

Please note this training is only for people living or working in Gwent. To book a course click on the link below to see the 2024 schedule.

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