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The ASK Workshop
Assessing Suicide in Kids

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This suicide prevention workshop is for professionals working with children and young people aged 5-14 years old.

The ASK workshop exists to equip professionals with the awareness, knowledge and understanding that children can be at risk for suicide, what to look out for and how to assess risk accurately to connect children to support and prevent suicide behaviour.

Developed to compliment the safety planning taught in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), The ASK workshop adds layers specifically relating to children aged 5-14 years old.

In 2022, over 6’500 individuals died by suicide in the UK and worldwide suicide is a leading cause of children and young people.  Although suicides under 10 years of age go unreported in the UK, they can and do happen.  

Course Content

The ASK Workshop is the only accredited suicide prevention workshop that specifically addresses suicide risk in children in the UK.

Participants learn:

  • How to talk about death with children
  • How to talk about suicide with children
  • Developmentally appropriate strategies and tools to identify young children at risk of suicide
  • How to quickly gather and organise details needed to assess risk 
  • How to explore and consider protective factors to inform safety planning
  • To consider common challenges when working with parents and possible solutions 

Course Structure

Participants learn using case studies, guided simulations, discussion and practice using an assessment tool. 

Following the course

Participants will have an increased understanding and alertness to the fact that children can be at risk of suicide. They will know what risk factors to look out for and feel confident approaching the subject of death and suicide with a child. Participants receive a risk assessment tool, a quick reference tool and a certificate. 

Course length: 9hours – delivered across two live streams over two consecutive days (4.5 hours per day) plus 1-2 hours of self-paced pre-workshop reading

Participants receive:

  • A risk assessment tool
  • A quick reference tool
  • A certificate

Further information, pricing & availability

Please contact us to discuss how our training can best help you and to find out more about this and other courses.

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Testimonials & feedback

The different aspects of engagement throughout the workshop complimented my learning style. Izzy and Alice have been phenomenal, I’ve learnt so much in the last few days. The practical aspects and handouts from the training will be invaluable to assist in my role. Thanks both, it was really lovely to meet you and hopefully I’ll be back for further training!

Online ASK workshop Participant

What did you like best about this training?

The information about suicide from Izzy and Alice. The discussion with others about suicide prevention e.g. experience, expertise, support, case studies and moving forward being able to identify the risk factors, protective factors and the risk assessment tool

Online ASK workshop Participant

I wish everyone who works with children (or comes into contact with them) would take this course!

Online ASK workshop Participant

Associated courses

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2 days

This two-day course will prepare you to present the LivingWorks safeTALK workshop. You’ll begin by experiencing LivingWorks safeTALK during the first half-day, then you’ll learn how to bring the training to life.

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ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training)

2 days

Learn how to safely and confidently conduct a full suicide intervention in this World Health Organisation recognised course.

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