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Prisoners: Females

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 29 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many incidents of self-mutilation by women were recorded in each prison in the last five years. (201713)

The Prison Service does not use the term ‘self-mutilation’.

The following table includes all incidents of self-harm by girls and women in any prisons that held them in the period in question. It should be noted that the numbers refer to incidents not people (a number of individuals self-harm on more than one occasion and account for a disproportionate ,number of incidents), and do not reflect the severity of incidents, i.e. include all incidents no matter how minor the self-harm as well as noose/ligature making (even where no injury occurred).

Self-harm incidents1

Prison

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Askham Grange

1

0

2

1

0

Brockhill

674

475

278

252

2

Bronzefield

3

274

831

1,165

1,736

Buckley Hall

765

1,082

597

2

2

Bullwood Hall

659

1,065

1,584

305

2

Cookham Wood

158

163

197

144

216

Downview

185

71

362

282

255

Drake Hall

18

23

44

22

56

Durham

317

241

56

3

3

East Sutton Park

0

0

0

0

1

Eastwood Park

789

1,163

2,597

2,147

1992

Edmunds Hill

156

207

2

2

2

Foston Hall

185

614

774

614

1,166

Holloway

958

1,184

1,402

1,475

1,104

Low Newton

381

800

1,129

746

984

Morton Hall

63

50

49

81

60

New Hall

1,689

1,125

1,065

1,266

1,191

Peterborough

3

3

823

1,129

888

Send

78

78

97

200

155

Styal

376

1,061

1,416

1,581

1,312

Winchester

38

14

2

2

2

1 The numbers of self harm incidents reported here are based on information supplied by prisons through the Prison Service Incident Reporting System (IRS). Self-harm is a high volume incident and is subject to technical and recording problems. Nevertheless, the system provides a sensible indication of the scale of self-harm but the numbers should not be treated as absolute. These figures may differ from previously published figures as some incidents are retrospectively added to IRS.

2 Prison re-rolled from female to male.

3 Prison was not open yet.