To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the number of days of sick leave taken by staff in his Department for mental health reasons in each year since 2010.
The number of staff recorded on a leave of absence from work for mental health reasons in each 12-month period of the last eight years is tabled below.
Sickness absence in MOJ staff due to mental and behavioural disorders1, 12 months to March 2013 to 12 months to 31 March 2018
Total working days2 lost due to mental & behavioural disorders
12 months to 31 March 20113
12 months to 31 March 20123
12 months to 31 March 2013
12 months to 31 March 2014
12 months to 31 March 2015
12 months to 31 March 2016
12 months to 31 March 20174
12 months to 31 March 2018
Includes stress related absences.
This data includes staff employed by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) Headquarters, HM Courts and Tribunals Service, HM Prison and Probation Service, Legal Aid Agency, Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority and Office of the Public Guardian. Individuals are included if they were absent for any part of the month. Where an absence straddles more than one month, it is included in each.
The MoJ is committed to supporting the health and wellbeing of all of its employees and to reducing sickness absence levels. The department’s wellbeing strategy is designed specifically to reflect the primary causes of sickness absence including mental health, and highlights support available to both employees and managers.
To support the strategy, Directors General in HMPPS and HMCTS were appointed as senior advocates for attendance management and wellbeing in MoJ. In addition, an MoJ Mental Health Allies Network has been initiated to offer support and signposting to staff on mental health issues.