Female Offenders

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Justice – in the House of Commons on 12th March 2019.

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Photo of Edward Argar Edward Argar The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

Every death in prison is a tragedy, and we are committed to improving the safety and support available to all in our prisons. The rate of self-inflicted deaths in women’s prisons is lower than that seen in the male estate, but we recognise that the rate of self-harm is nearly five times the rate in the male estate. Therefore, we know that we need to do more. That is why we have set up a specialist safer custody team dedicated to the women’s estate and are rolling out revised and improved suicide and self-harm prevention training.