Safeguarding Children partners for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland have worked together to develop the attached guidance. The aim of this guidance is to support good practice from all practitioners when working with young people where self-harm and suicide are concerns. It does not replace the need to seek specialist support and advice but does encourage open conversations with young people and provides some examples of questions that can assist a better understanding of the young person's needs.

The guidance includes links to various resources to further enhance practice and a template for a specific safety plan that can be used to try to create safety for young people and encourages collaboration across agencies to provide solid joined up support.