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SHARP (Self-Harm Awareness and Resource Project)

Who are SHARP (Self-harm Awareness & Resource Project)

SHARP is funded by Nottingham City Clinical Commissioning Partnership (CCP), who recognise the importance of training and development for all professionals who work with children and young people within Nottingham City. Unless otherwise stated in this brochure, all SHARP training sessions are FREE to any professional that works with Nottingham City children and young people. SHARP training is also available to professionals outside of Nottingham City, for more information and pricing please contact SHARP at

Why Train with SHARP

The SHARP team is comprised of Practitioners with varied experience and professional qualifications in Health, Education and Social Care. SHARP Practitioners offer evidenced based therapeutic interventions to children and young people who present with self-harm and/or suicidal behaviours. SHARP aims to equip professionals with the appropriate skills and resources to enable confidence and good practice when working with children and young people. All of the SHARP training workshops are developed through our learning and knowledge gained from working with children and young people. Our resources are unique, creative and current, they have proved to be an essential part of a practical toolkit for many front-line professionals who support children and young people.

Future in Mind (NHS England 2015) has a vested interest in ensuring that everyone who works with children and young people should be excellent in their practice and able to deliver the best-evidenced care. Workforce development is essential and all staff should have access to a range of training opportunities. An independent evaluation of the service completed in 2015, concluded that ‘the SHARP project provides an effective intervention service for adolescents who self-harm both in a school and an NHS context. The survey of professionals working with children and adolescents who had attended SHARP training indicated that the workshops had been useful and increased their knowledge of self-harm. Findings from the interviews with school and healthcare staff suggested that this increase in awareness had led to an increase in personal confidence and capability when dealing with cases of self-harm’.

We aim to exceed your expectations but don’t just take our word for it ...

“I found this workshop very interesting, it will help me in my own practice when supporting children”


“‘I found the strategies to support and manage self-harm very useful, great examples and an in depth look at self-harm, definitely feel this session has helped me feel more confident”

(Social Worker)

“Really interesting training, very current, the facilitator has exceptional knowledge of this area, excellent case examples”

(CAMHS Practitioner)

“Great informative presentation, very Thorough with great video examples”

(College Pastoral Lead)

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Meet the SHARP Team

Sharon O Love (Team Manager)

image of Sharon O Love Team ManagerMy background started with 10 years teaching in one of our city Academies, I then trained as a child counsellor and set up a children’s counselling service. I continued my professional development with further training in child therapy to a Post Graduate level. I also have training in art and drama therapy. I started to work in CAMHS in 2010, after a few years as a Specialist Practitioner, I set up the SHARP team, SHARP is a preventative service focusing on supporting children and young people who present with self-harm/suicidal behaviours.
A little known fact – I love music and love Dj-ing across the world.


Beth Houldsworth (SHARP Practitioner)

image of Beth - SHARP PractitionerBefore joining the SHARP team, I worked in play and youth and have a friendly and bubbly approach to working with children and young people. I have a degree in Childhood and Youth Studies and have Level 2 training in DBT skills.
I am passionate about hearing the voice of the child or young person and always put this first. I am good at problem solving and like to help you develop your own way of thinking.
I like to walk, visit beaches and travel. Little known fact: I can hula hoop for at least 20 minutes and love a good dance.


Kirstie Nadin (SHARP Practitioner)

image of Kirstie - SHARP PractitionerBefore joining the SHARP team, I worked for 10 years within the health sector with children and young people (CYP) who are excluded from mainstream school, looked after CYP and in CAMHS. I am IAPT trained in CYP Psychological Wellbeing Practice at post-graduate level and also have a degree in psychology. I joined the SHARP team in May 2019 and have since completed training in DBT (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy) I am passionate about mental health and in particular, improving outcomes for CYP and their families.
A little known fact – I am a massive thrill seeker and love roller-coasters and drop towers…the higher the better!


Rachael McInnes (SHARP Practitioner)

image of Rachael - SHARP PractitionerI am the newest member of the SHARP team, having joined in March 2020. Before then I worked with Barnardo’s facilitating groups with young people around anxiety, anger management and emotional resilience, before qualifying as a Children & Young People’s Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner with IAPT. My background is very creative, with a degree in Music Composition you can imagine I love anything musical! I became interested in mental health care when I began volunteering with a community choir for people who have experienced mental health struggles. Seeing how beneficial music was for mental wellbeing lead me to study Psychology at post-grad and discover my love of helping young people manage and improve their mental health in a creative way.
A little known fact – I am cat mad! I currently have 6 cats and hope one day to foster kittens needing a home. I am also an avid baker, I love nothing more than baking and decorating a nice cake for friends and family.


Natasha (SHARP Practitioner)

image of Natasha - SHARP PractitionerI have worked with children and young people in youth services and health settings for over 10 years, which is where I developed a keen interest in mental health and wellbeing as it impacts so many areas of our lives. I love working together with children and young people to help them learn about their emotions and find positive ways of managing them.
I have a Masters in Psychology and I have also completed IAPT and DBT training. I enjoy sharing my knowledge with colleagues when delivering SHARP training and opening up discussions around self-harm and suicidality.
When I am not at work you will probably find me in the kitchen baking or making pasta, cycling or out exploring.

Who to contact

0115 8764000
SHARP Youtube Channel
Parent Organisation
Pathway for Children & Young People with Behavioural, Emotional or Mental Health Needs

Other Details


Referral required
Referral Details

To make a referral to SHARP (for Self-harm and Suicidal concerns) or the Behavioural and Emotional Health Team (for Neurodevelopmental concerns e.g. ASD/ADHD), please download the Referral Form here and once completed, please email it to

Telephone contacts:

  • Single Point of Access 0115 8764000
  • Behavioural and Emotional Health team 0115 8761716


If you are already familiar with the pathway you can simply download the full pathway document here.

In case of emergency or very urgent presentation

Emergency behavioural, emotional or mental health needs should be directed to the Emergency Department at Queen’s Medical Centre. An emergency is where a child or young person presents with immediate threat to their safety or well-being (such as acute presentations of self-harm, acute psychosis or medically unwell with eating disorders).

Out of hours urgent (but not emergency) behavioural, emotional or mental health needs should be directed to out of hours services. An urgent need will not present as an immediate threat to safety or well-being. Out of hours means from 5pm to 9am weekdays and at weekends. Out of hours services can be contacted by phoning the GP practice and following the instructions on the recorded message.

Within office hours the SPA (single point of access) can be contacted. More information about this can be found in this pathway website.

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