Prisoners: Self-Mutilation

Justice written question – answered on 2nd June 2008.

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Photo of Jennifer Willott Jennifer Willott Opposition Deputy Chief Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many instances of self-harm by women prisoners were recorded in each year since 2000, broken down by establishment; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Maria Eagle Maria Eagle The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

As a new system for recording self-harm was introduced in December 2002 and only bedded down over the course of 2003, figures before and after 2003 are not comparable. Under the new system a wider range of incidents are captured. The information requested is presented in the following tables.

As the presence or absence of serial self-harmers in a prison can account for a disproportionate number of self-harm incidents, rises or falls in the numbers of such incidents from one year to the next is not a good indicator of underlying trends at individual prisons.

Table 1: Self-harm incidents using F213SH (not directly comparable with earlier years)
Prison 2003( 1) 2004 2005 2006 2007
Askham Grange 1 0 2 1 0
Brockhill(2) 674 475 278 252 (3)
Bronzefield (3) 274 831 1,165 1,736
Buckley Hall(2) 765 1,082 597 * *
Bullwood Hall(2) 659 1,065 1,584 305 2
Cookham Wood 158 163 197 144 216
Downview 185 71 362 282 255
Drake Hall 18 23 44 22 56
Durham(2) 317 241 56 * *
East Sutton Park 0 0 0 0 1
Eastwood Park 789 1,163 2,597 2,147 1,992
Edmunds Hill(2) 156 207 * * *
Foston Hall 185 614 774 614 1,166
Holloway 958 1,184 1,402 1,475 1,104
Low Newton 381 800 1,129 746 984
Morton Hall 63 50 49 81 60
New Hall 1,689 1,125 1,065 1,266 1,191
Peterborough (3) (3) 823 1,129 888
Send 78 78 97 200 155
Styal 376 1,061 1,416 1,581 1,312
Winchester(2) 38 14 * * *
Table 2: Self-harm incidents pre-F213SH (not directly comparable with later years)
Prison 2000 2001 2002( 1)
Askham Grange 0 0 1
Brockhill(2) 118 138 377
Buckley Hall(2) * * 215
BullwoodHall(2) 49 9 17
Cookham Wood 9 29 110
Downview 0 1 57
Drake Hall 4 0 30
Durham(2) 129 248 161
East Sutton Park 0 0 0
Eastwood Park 33 213 341
Edmunds Hill(2) 0 0 0
Foston Hall 4 3 138
Holloway 245 604 907
Low Newton 22 107 284
Morton Hall 0 10 28
New Hall 124 329 357
Send 8 17 33
Styal 125 189 137
Winchester(2) 0 0 14
(1 )Transition year when F213SH implementation taking place. (2) These prisons have changed function between female and male in the period in question: * denotes years when females were decanted from prisons changing function. (3 )Prison not yet open. Notes: 1. The self-harm incidents quoted are establishment but not age specific and will include adult women and those under 18 years old. 2. The numbers of self-harm incidents reported in the table are based on information supplied by prisons through the prisons Incident Reporting System. Due to high volume this is subject to technical and recording problems, and whilst the system provides an indication of the scale of self-harm the numbers should not be treated as absolute. 3. The numbers refer to incidents not people. Overall self-harm figures tend to be dominated by serial self-harmers. A significant proportion of self-harm is by the same prisoners on more than one occasion and these individuals account for a disproportionate number of incidents.

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