Mental Health Services: Sexual Offences

Health written question – answered on 16th April 2012.

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Photo of Diane Abbott Diane Abbott Shadow Minister (Public Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many sexual assaults took place in NHS mental health facilities in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) the latest period for which figures are available in 2012.

Photo of Paul Burstow Paul Burstow The Minister of State, Department of Health

The National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) receives reports of sexual incidents from mental health hospitals. They received 893 reports in 2010 and 994 in 2011, which is also the latest available figure. This information is used to inform the need for staff training in sexual safety on mental health wards. The NPSA does not investigate or validate these reports; this is the responsibility of the hospital which should investigate them and call in the police if it appears that a sexual assault has taken place.

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