LVS Oxford has announced that it will be holding a self-harm awareness conference next month to help educate parents and professionals within the autism community. The announcement coincides with World Mental Health Day, Wednesday 10th October, and is a continuation of the school’s desire to share its expertise to raise understanding and standards.
The self-harm awareness conference will take place on Friday 23rd November at LVS Oxford, from 1.45pm until 4pm. Led by Satveer Nijjar, who speaks nationally about self-harm and has worked with the Samaritans and Foreign & Commonwealth Office, it will help those attending build confidence around the subject of self-harm by reducing stigma, anxiety and fear.
LVS Oxford, is developing a reputation as a centre of excellence for autism having already held two conferences for professionals working with young autistic people. The previous conferences were specifically about how to manage health challenges in girls with autism, and more conferences are planned to help share expertise amongst those who work or live alongside young people with autism.
Head of School at LVS Oxford, Louisa Allison-Bergin, said: "As a centre for excellence in autism, LVS Oxford aims to improve the quality of support given to young people with autism. Self-harm is an issue for many young people. We hope this important training for professionals and parents will help those supporting them to feel more confident about the strategies they are using, and the professional help that is available to them and the young people in their care."
Tickets are £5 each, including refreshments, and are available by calling LVS Oxford reception on 01865 595170.
Many of the tasks the students undertake will help build competencies in citizenship, relating to others, managing situations and working as part of a team - all key to being fulfilled and employable adults.