Quarter of 14-year-old girls in UK have self-harmed, report finds

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Children’s Society analysis suggests tens of thousands hurting themselves on purpose

More than 100,000 children aged 14 in the UK are self-harming, with one in four girls of this age having deliberately hurt themselves, according to a new report.

In figures that show the scale of the mental health crisis affecting young people, the Children’s Survey analysed a survey of 11,000 14-year-olds which found that a quarter of girls and nearly one in 10 boys had self-harmed in a year.

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