To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prison officer work days have been lost to sickness as a result of an injury sustained in a workplace assault in each year since 2010.
HM Prison & Probation Service (HMPPS) is committed to ensuring the health, safety and wellbeing of its staff. HMPPS has systems in place to deal with perpetrators of violence against staff quickly and robustly, with serious incidents referred to the police for prosecution.
The number of working days lost as a result of an injury sustained in a workplace assault specifically cannot be extracted from the data that is held. However the number of working days lost amongst band 3-5 prison officers due to sick reasons defined as work related accidents, injuries or assaults is shown in Table 1 below. This data is available in the quarterly HMPPS (formerly NOMS) workforce statistics.
Table 1: Working days lost amongst band 3-5 prison officers due to sick reasons defined as work related accidents/injuries/assaults, 2009/10 to 2017/18
Number of working days lost due to work related accidents/injuries/assaults1
1 Figures provided are based on records where sickness reasons are defined as work related injury/assault or work related accident/injury.
2 Between January and March 2017, during migration of data to the Single Operating Platform, an
Under-recording of sickness absence records occurred. There is therefore likely to be an undercount of working days lost for the 12 months to 31 March 2017. Furthermore, investigations are ongoing regarding more recent sickness absence data so figures for the 12 months to 31 March 2018 should be treated with caution.