Star rating: 2/5
Who is it run by? The National Children’s Bureau.
Who is it for? Young people who self-harm, their friends and families, and professionals working with them.
Highlight: NCB recently re-launched this site in a bid to become the ‘first stop’ for anyone concerned about self-harm among young people. It uses a new diary format to make it more appealing, with separate sections for its different target audiences.
NCB says the number of visitors to the site tripled over the last year, and with the rate of self harm among young people in the UK said to be one of the highest in Europe, the need for information and advice on the subject is clear.
While there is certainly an abundance of information on the site, it is presented in a crowded and confusing way. Despite the new design, it still feels more like a site to be used by professionals than by young people themselves. The small font size and long line length doesn’t make it particularly easy to read on screen, and some pages need editing.
But it really falls down on the services section, with some areas have no listings, and only the bare facts bein given for relevant organisation. The search function doesn’t help much either.