Managing Conversations to Prevent Suicide

Date & Time:

Wednesday 26 May 2021 (09:30 - 12:30)

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Target Group

This training is targeted to Group Level 2 (regular contact with children, young people and/or parent / carer) or Level 3 (predominately working with children) or above (including strategic leads) as set out in the Safeguarding Competency framework in London Safeguarding Child Procedures. Inter-Collegiate Standards 2 and above for health professionals.


The aim of this course is to help participants how to recognise emotional distress, signs of trauma and suicidal thoughts and barriers to listening. The training will include exercises to practice skills and techniques for handling emotional conversations that will include open questions group exercises and case examples. 

Learning Objectives

By attending this course, participants will have:

• Explored current national messages that suicide is a preventable death.
• Developed a deeper understanding that risk are factors associated with suicide in children and young people from research including the Manchester Report 2017; including suicide myths and facts and what research is telling us
• Improved their knowledge and understanding about suicidal thought and feelings
• Considered helpful conversations where children and young people are expressing suicidal thoughts (difference between empathy and sympathy)
• Developed skills and knowledge to complete safety plans / What If Plan for suicidal ideation and how to involve the parent / carer.
• Explored assessment of risk levels in line with the LSCB threshold for referral and assessment, guidance awareness of the referral routes within the LSCB managing self-harm protocol.
• An increased understanding about the importance of a public health approach to reducing suicide within the London Borough of Sutton
• Explored barriers to listening and how talking can be beneficial to the young person
• Gained an improved awareness of stages of emotional distress and trauma and signs and behaviour to take into account in assessing risk
• Developed an understanding about the impact of secondary trauma and the need for self-care

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Laura Stokes & Marie Baxter - swlstg

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