A report published by the Child Death Review Programme, part of Public Health Wales, has called for more to be done on the management of self harm. The report ids base on the review of suicides in children and young people in Wales.
Key recommendations include:
- developing an all-Wales child protection register which would be accessible by all relevant services;
- restricting access to alcohol by young people;
- ensuring any programmes and interventions around suicide prevention are based on the latest evidence; and
- reviewing progress on suicide prevention on a three yearly basis.
Dr Ann John, consultant in public health for Public Health Wales said, “This review is a key piece of work in helping us all to understand the factors that have contributed to these deaths, identify opportunities for prevention and make recommendations to reduce the risk of suicide for children and young people in Wales.”
The report highlighted that although rare, suicide is a major cause of death in teenage years, with around one in four external cause deaths of children aged 12-17 likely to have been a suicide.