Self-Neglect and Self-harm and People with Learning Disabilities workshop

People with learning disabilities are more likely to self-harm and self-neglect than the general population. Since the Care Act 2014 awareness has grown of self neglect as a central safeguarding issue for social care services. It is being reported to ARC as a growing concern with members seeing rises in the number of people who self-harm, combined with staff lacking the confidence and skills to deal with the issue.

Our new Self-neglect and People with Learning Disabilities workshop is designed to raise awareness of self-neglect in those with a learning disability and how to intervene and support those at risk.  We are combining self-neglect with our already popular self-harm and People with Learning Disabilities workshop for this new workshop.


Self-Neglect and People with Learning Disabilities

This session offers a basic introduction to self-neglect for people who support those with learning disabilities.

Learners will study current research evidence and good practice issues. Through a combination of presentation, personal reflection, small group work, and role play, this workshop will cover mental capacity, challenging behavior, risk assessment and safeguarding. Skills development will focus on relationship building with clients who self neglect.

It is suitable for all front-line staff and managers who work with those who may be vulerable to self-neglect.

By the end of the workshop learners will:

  • Understand what self neglect is and its casuesIncreased knowledge of what self neglect is, and its causes.
  • be able to reflect on the issues for people with learning disabilities
  • have increased awareness of their own role and responsibilities
  • have an overview of tools available for addressing self neglect
  • have increased knowledge of successful interventions
  • have practiced successful intervention techniques


Self-harm and People with Learning Disabilities

This session was designed, drawing on the research project ‘Hidden Pain – Self-Harm and People with Learning Disabilities’ which was jointly conducted by Self injury Support (formerly Bristol Crisis Service for Women) and the Norah Fry Research Centre at the University of Bristol, and from interviews with people with learning disabilities who self-harm.

Through discussion, activities, role-play this session will aim to:

By the end of this session, learners will:

  • Understand what self-harm is
  • Understand the different types of self-harm/self injury
  • Understand the reasons for self-harm
  • Have developed appropriate responses to self-harm
  • Be able to effectively communicate with people who self-harm
  • Understand identification and prevention of self-harm
  • have developed methods of self-management
  • Understand a range of top tips



  • £80 (ARC Members)
  • £95 (Non-members)

This workshop is also available on an in-house basis.  Our trainer will come to your organisation and deliver this training to up to fifteen members of your team.

For more information about this option or to discuss your needs, please contact us.

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