Bronzefield Prison: Self-harm

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 24th November 2021.

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Photo of Lyn Brown Lyn Brown Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to Annual Report of the Independent Monitoring Board at HMP/YOI Bronzefield, published on 16 November 2021, what steps he is taking to reduce levels of self-harm at HMP/YOI Bronzefield.

Photo of Victoria Atkins Victoria Atkins The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice, Minister for Afghan resettlement

As part of the wider Safer Prisons Strategy, HMP Bronzefield has introduced a ‘Wellbeing Hub’ which enables prisoners to constructively express their emotions and develop self-help coping strategies in a dedicated therapeutic and calming environment.

We are working closely with the provider, Sodexo, and a number of initiatives are due to be introduced as part of their self-harm strategy, including multi-disciplinary psychologically informed case management of prisoners displaying prolific self-harming behaviours, new receptions seen in reception by the safer custody team, and the provision of psychological support for staff to help manage their emotional response to self-harming behaviours.

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