Prisons: Self-harm

Justice written question – answered on 3rd March 2014.

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Photo of Madeleine Moon Madeleine Moon Labour, Bridgend

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will assess the number of episodes of self-harm within the prison estate involving (a) prisoners and (b) custodial staff; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Jeremy Wright Jeremy Wright The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The number of incidents of self-harm within the prison estate involving prisoners is published quarterly in the Safety in Custody statistics bulletin which can be found at

Incidents of self-harm by staff are not recorded. It is not thought that there is a prevalence of self-harm in the prison work force significantly over and above any other occupational population. Were an issue of staff self-harm to come to the attention of management or to be found to be affecting adversely someone's ability to work or that of their colleagues, it would be treated in line with existing policies on employee occupational health and well-being.

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