Figures from charity Self-harm UK suggest cases of self-harming amongst 10-14 year olds have increased by 70% from 2012 to 2014, whilst figures from Public Health England 2015 estimate there are 850,000 children in the UK aged 5-16 who have mental health problems.
These figures, combined with Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services suffering budget cuts of £85m since 2010, means schools are increasingly having to deal with these issues alone or with limited support explains Natasha Devon, former mental health champion for schools.
NetSupport’s ITAM solution, NetSupport DNA, provides schools with the tools to help prevent and react to safeguarding issues such as self-harm, bullying and racism, through to risks of radicalisation. Using the keyword and phrase monitoring tool, it provides a school with insight into and alerts from any activity by a student suggesting the child is engaged in activity placing them or another at risk. A simple word cloud is also displayed for all or individual categories showing instances of all matching keywords and phrases over a given period, ensuring schools can monitor trending items that might subsequently warrant intervention. The NetSupport DNA safeguarding module also includes tools to help students access help independently plus much more.