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Hospital admissions of children who self-harm peak

More help needs to be made available for young people within the community after a report shows hospital admissions for self-harm in children are at an 'all time high'.

Professor Keith Hawton, from the Centre for Suicide Research at Oxford University, wants those responsible for the welfare of young people to have systems in place to prevent hospital admissions.

He said: "We've got to think prevention here as well - what more can be done through schools to try and reduce the levels of self-harm through psychological well-being programmes.

"[It is] about prevention and not just treatment after the event. These are being tested, but I think this is really important.

His statement comes after Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) statistics showed that the admissions of girls aged 10-14 increased by almost 93% - from 3,090 in 2009/10 to 5,953 in 2013/14 .

They also showed 659 boys aged 10 to 14 were admitted to A&E in 2013/14, compared with 577 in 2012/13 and 454 in 2009/10.

As part of the Autumn Statement this month, the government announced it would invest more than £100m in mental healthcare for young people over five years, with the intention of making it easier for them to get specialist help in their community.

Care minister Norman Lamb told the BBC self-harm was a "sign of serious emotional distress and it is crucial that young people get the help they need".