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Prisoners: Self-Mutilation

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many instances of self-harm by women prisoners were recorded in each year since 2000, broken down by establishment; and if he will make a statement. (204373)

As a new system for recording self-harm was introduced in December 2002 and only bedded down over the course of 2003, figures before and after 2003 are not comparable. Under the new system a wider range of incidents are captured. The information requested is presented in the following tables.

As the presence or absence of serial self-harmers in a prison can account for a disproportionate number of self-harm incidents, rises or falls in the numbers of such incidents from one year to the next is not a good indicator of underlying trends at individual prisons.

Table 1: Self-harm incidents using F213SH (not directly comparable with earlier years)

Prison

20031

2004

2005

2006

2007

Askham Grange

1

0

2

1

0

Brockhill2

674

475

278

252

3

Bronzefield

3

274

831

1,165

1,736

Buckley Hall2

765

1,082

597

*

*

Bullwood Hall2

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

Durham2

317

241

56

*

*

East Sutton Park

0

0

0

0

1

Eastwood Park

789

1,163

2,597

2,147

1,992

Edmunds Hill2

156

207

*

*

*

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

Winchester2

38

14

*

*

*

Table 2: Self-harm incidents pre-F213SH (not directly comparable with later years)

Prison

2000

2001

20021

Askham Grange

0

0

1

Brockhill2

118

138

377

Buckley Hall2

*

*

215

BullwoodHall2

49

9

17

Cookham Wood

9

29

110

Downview

0

1

57

Drake Hall

4

0

30

Durham2

129

248

161

East Sutton Park

0

0

0

Eastwood Park

33

213

341

Edmunds Hill2

0

0

0

Foston Hall

4

3

138

Holloway

245

604

907

Low Newton

22

107

284

Morton Hall

0

10

28

New Hall

124

329

357

Send

8

17

33

Styal

125

189

137

Winchester2

0

0

14

1 Transition year when F213SH implementation taking place. 2 These prisons have changed function between female and male in the period in question: * denotes years when females were decanted from prisons changing function. 3 Prison not yet open. Notes: 1. The self-harm incidents quoted are establishment but not age specific and will include adult women and those under 18 years old. 2. The numbers of self-harm incidents reported in the table are based on information supplied by prisons through the prisons Incident Reporting System. Due to high volume this is subject to technical and recording problems, and whilst the system provides an indication of the scale of self-harm the numbers should not be treated as absolute. 3. The numbers refer to incidents not people. Overall self-harm figures tend to be dominated by serial self-harmers. A significant proportion of self-harm is by the same prisoners on more than one occasion and these individuals account for a disproportionate number of incidents.