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Self-harm: are we doing enough?
  1. Sumana Kundagrami1,
  2. Kunal Mukherjee2,
  3. Manas Datta2
  1. 1Department of Paediatrics, Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford, Essex, UK
  2. 2Department of Paediatrics, Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 7ET, Chelmsford, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Sumana Kundagrami, Department of Paediatrics, Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford, Essex, UK; sumana_kundagrami{at}yahoo.com, sumanakundagrami{at}gmail.com

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In his recent Editorial, ‘Engaging young people in treatment after self-harm’,1 Professor David Cottrell has talked about the importance of long-term management of children and young people who self-harm and engaging with them to prevent its recurrence. In our hospital, we conducted an audit on management and outcome of children and young people (<16 years) who were admitted to the paediatric ward with self-harm over a period of 2.5 years. The aim of the audit was to ensure compliance with National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines2 and local standards set by the Hospital Safeguarding Team.

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  • Contributors All authors were involved in collection, analysis and interpretation of the data and SK wrote the first draft of the manuscript. We all have contributed to and approved the final version.

  • Competing interests None.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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