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Young Offenders: Self-Mutilation

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 29 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many incidents of self-mutilation by juveniles were recorded in each prison in the last five years. (201714)

The Prison Service does not use the term ‘self-mutilation’. The following table includes all incidents of self-harm by 15 to 17-year-olds in any prisons where they were held 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

Ashfield

134

159

132

163

94

Brinsford

16

4

38

62

39

Brockhill

12

1

0

0

0

Bullwood Hall

33

194

149

0

0

Castington

35

27

29

40

24

Cookham Wood

0

0

26

14

27

Downview

0

0

126

20

3

Eastwood Park

45

131

130

114

212

Feltham

41

56

51

39

52

Foston Hall

0

0

0

0

148

High Down

0

0

0

0

2

Hindley

30

13

69

42

15

Hollesley Bay

2

0

0

0

0

Holloway

44

37

0

0

0

Huntercombe

22

26

57

45

62

Lancaster Farms

3

10

28

77

5

Leeds

0

0

0

2

0

New Hall

292

196

155

136

175

Onley

75

1

0

0

0

Parc

25

17

14

19

28

Stoke Heath

31

92

73

83

89

Styal

0

0

0

1

1

Thorn Cross

1

0

0

0

0

Warren Hill

7

19

11

12

11

Wellington

2

10

25

20

10

Wetherby

0

0

49

34

10

Woodhill

0

1

0

0

0

1The 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.