selfharm.co.uk started out of the work of Youthscape, a local charity based in Luton, Bedfordshire, UK. Since it's beginnings in 1993, the charity has developed a strong and professional reputation for delivering caring, child-centred work which focuses on the emotional and social needs of all young people. Youthscape works alongside all young people and professional organisations, irrespective of race, background, or faith group. We have a number of services ranging from our much endorsed bespoke training sessions interactive website, a selection of accessible user-friendly resources and excitingly, a brand new online recovery programme - Alumina - commencing in September 2013 for any UK-based young person aged 14-18.
Training-wise selfharm.co.uk offers a multimedia package available to professionals in the UK. By professionals we mean teachers, youth workers, social workers, health care staff. the police, the prison and probation service and anyone else who may come into contact with clients who self-harm and want to feel more empowered to make a difference and begin understanding.
Our vision is to see our training rolled out comprehensively; to serve every part of the UK in supporting and nurturing those who may be experiencing difficulties with self-harm. In addition to our services for professionals, we will be launching a series of workshops for parents and foster carers in autumn 2013, designed to equip those living alongside someone self-harming with the skills and support to weather the storm and encourage the recovery process.
Ultimately, we want to work towards lifting the taboo of self-harm, to reduce the stigma that still exists, expand understanding and make the road back to full health a little easier for those who are affected.
For now, the selfharm.co.uk remains part of Youthscape as a separate element of this registered charity.