Prisons and Young Offenders: Mental Health Services

Ministry of Justice written question – answered at on 22 April 2024.

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Photo of Siobhain McDonagh Siobhain McDonagh Labour, Mitcham and Morden

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) male prisoners, (b) women prisoners and (c) young offenders were transferred to hospital under the Mental Health Act 1983 in each year since 2010.

Photo of Edward Argar Edward Argar The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

Under sections 47/49 and 48/49 of the Mental Health Act 1983, the Secretary of State may authorise by warrant the transfer of prisoners to a secure hospital, where he is satisfied that the criteria for detention are met by the aforementioned Act.

The requested data are set out in the tables below for the years 2013 to 2022 and are taken from an electronic casework system. Providing data for the years from 2010 to 2013 would require substantial manual checks of paper files which could be undertaken only at disproportionate cost. The data for 2023 are due to be published on 26 April.

TRANSFER YEAR

SEX

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

2022

Female

109

104

117

111

111

118

130

109

103

142

Male

887

956

898

875

854

895

924

921

995

930

Total

996

1060

1015

986

965

1013

1054

1030

1098

1072

TRANSFER YEAR

AGE BAND

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

2022

18 and over

976

1039

995

972

946

996

1028

1012

1088

1062

Under 18

20

25

21

14

19

18

26

18

10

10

Total

996

1064

1016

986

965

1014

1054

1030

1098

1072

Notes

  1. We have interpreted young offender to mean those aged under 18 at time of transfer
  2. These figures have been drawn from administrative IT systems which, as with any large-scale recording systems are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing
  3. Where patients are admitted more than once, each admission is counted separately

Data Source: Public Protection Unit Database (PPUD)

We are committed to delivering improvements to mental health care and treatment for vulnerable offenders through non-legislative means. This includes improving oversight of the 28-day time limit for transfers to hospital under the Mental Health Act 1983 and increasing judicial awareness of alternatives to custody through the expansion of the Bail Information Service.

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