Young people from Derbyshire asked to speak about self harming issues

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THE Safeguarding Children Team at Derby Hospitals is asking young people from Derbyshire who have received treatment following an episode of self harm to give their views on what they thought about their care.

This is part of the Trust’s “Talking About the Hard Stuff” project, which is helping to improve the ways in which staff members communicate and engage with children and young people who self harm or are victims of violence in their relationships.

The team has used some of the £10,000 bursary awarded to them for the project to employ a Barnardo’s project team to work with staff, children and young people to develop staff skills in talking about these difficult and sensitive issues.

Jane O’Daly, Trust named nurse safeguarding children, said: “If you have been to the Royal Derby Hospital following an episode of self harm like cutting, taking tablets or you were thinking about harming yourself, and you are aged between 12-18 years old, we want you to tell us about how you felt about your care here.

“Your views and experience are important for us to hear so that we can improve our services for children and young people.”

Please contact Donna or Norman on 01283 551251 to talk about your experience and you will receive a £10 voucher to shop at Westfield.

Alternatively visit to anonymously take part in a short survey.