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Prisoners: Self-harm

Volume 490: debated on Monday 30 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many incidents of self-harm by (a) male and (b) female prisoners held in each young offenders’ institution were recorded in each year since 2003; (264771)

(2) how many incidents of self-harm by (a) male and (b) female prisoners in each prison establishment were recorded in each year since 2003.

The National Offender Management Service has a broad, integrated and evidence-based prisoner suicide prevention and self harm management strategy that seeks to reduce the distress of all those in prison. This encompasses a wide spectrum of prison and Department of Health work around such issues as mental health, substance misuse and resettlement. Any prisoner identified as at risk of suicide or self-harm is cared for using the Assessment, Care in Custody and Teamwork (ACCT) procedures. Most self harm is not directly life threatening, but nevertheless can be extremely distressing for those who have to deal with it. A prisoner focused care planning system for those at risk, ACCT, (Assessment, Care in Custody and Teamwork), has helped prisons manage self harm. There are no easy answers to managing self harming behaviour but we remain committed to finding ways to improve further our management of it.

The information is set out as follows. The NOMS Incident Reporting System processes high volumes of data which are constantly being updated. The figures provide a good indication of overall numbers of incidents but should not be interpreted as absolute.

The instances of recorded self-harm by male prisoners, including young offenders (YOs) aged under 21, is summarised in table 1. Those incidents in current single-function young offender institutions (YOIs) are detailed in the notes of table 2.

Table 1: Self harm incidents by establishment (male)

Prison

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

Belmarsh

75

123

90

76

88

83

Manchester

284

208

219

200

206

153

Woodhill

28

40

121

128

176

165

Albany

51

73

25

6

1

1

Dovegate

151

79

126

197

150

126

Garth

12

51

51

51

43

58

Gartree

9

1

5

12

43

19

Grendon/Spring Hill

10

2

1

1

1

3

Kingston

1

6

12

10

14

6

Lowdham Grange

4

16

15

29

40

70

Maidstone

9

11

20

10

15

13

Parkhurst

170

139

82

158

79

1

Rye Hill

32

68

139

50

71

72

Swaleside

11

18

8

26

83

59

Acklington

20

40

75

97

45

112

Blundeston

17

19

11

16

14

17

Buckley Hall

1

1

1

43

23

24

Bullwood Hall

1

1

1

15

6

7

Edmunds Hill

1

1

11

17

22

21

Kennet

1

1

1

1

1

2

Wolds

10

6

6

16

19

19

Ashwell

1

6

9

1

14

9

Camp Hill

58

22

28

15

20

1

Channings Wood

9

6

18

44

23

34

Coldingley

1

1

1

1

3

2

Dartmoor

23

21

33

52

36

29

Erlestoke

3

1

4

5

18

45

Everthorpe

1

1

7

21

42

42

Featherstone

32

18

11

27

33

41

Guys Marsh

32

16

6

30

60

64

Haverigg

4

3

11

5

35

44

Highpoint

41

33

30

67

60

114

Lancaster

1

1

4

6

7

1

Littlehey

46

108

123

158

105

78

Moorland

104

1

3

8

12

11

Mount

5

6

24

22

28

20

Ranby

8

4

8

27

39

68

Risley

18

20

45

36

33

32

Shepton Mallet

1

2

1

1

2

1

Stafford

39

61

82

66

97

71

Stocken

26

11

35

25

37

1

Usk/Prescoed

1

1

1

1

3

2

Verne

9

3

7

4

1

3

Wayland

9

24

42

55

32

59

Wealstun

14

9

34

30

34

35

Weare

18

23

8

1

1

1

Wellingborough

19

14

2

27

18

49

Whatton

1

4

1

2

17

31

Wymott

1

4

47

61

63

59

Low Newton

6

1

1

1

1

1

Frankland

31

95

165

217

339

429

Full Sutton

49

53

133

56

55

76

Long Lartin

2

4

11

11

89

127

Wakefield

44

85

126

176

114

93

Whitemoor

60

75

136

122

80

37

Dover

41

39

34

55

41

43

Haslar

4

3

2

4

2

7

Lindholme

9

7

18

36

57

59

Altcourse

165

160

111

219

210

245

Bedford

116

114

107

146

157

132

Birmingham

83

81

207

604

528

447

Blakenhurst

430

316

151

177

211

64

Bristol

95

156

185

102

147

147

Brixton

67

68

85

19

33

27

Bullingdon

18

21

39

25

69

112

Canterbury

2

12

10

10

5

15

Cardiff

54

99

73

96

25

14

Chelmsford

29

61

96

136

131

111

Doncaster

317

369

336

276

268

405

Dorchester

27

36

25

48

53

67

Durham

201

165

268

220

206

193

Elmley

22

82

139

92

96

102

Exeter

31

65

107

84

56

117

Forest Bank

214

257

197

333

317

257

Gloucester

97

83

110

83

88

95

Hewell Cluster

1

1

1

1

1

83

High Down

54

187

117

205

154

136

Holme House

40

74

63

102

81

78

Hull

143

176

199

110

107

115

Leeds

310

388

223

148

147

92

Leicester

122

143

136

170

153

84

Lewes

128

182

134

123

78

120

Lincoln

113

160

134

165

215

182

Liverpool

370

331

270

178

131

243

Norwich

213

264

234

338

204

202

Nottingham

174

136

91

160

194

210

Parc

327

235

314

250

152

229

Pentonville

159

72

204

243

169

179

Preston

41

36

105

222

239

223

Shrewsbury

36

67

59

57

81

51

Swansea

45

28

61

57

34

82

Wandsworth

54

194

55

61

141

117

Winchester

171

210

149

136

52

104

Wormwood Scrubs

57

124

50

128

119

123

Onley

194

87

88

102

157

146

Swinfen Hall

26

74

51

81

124

127

Hollesley Bay

5

1

1

2

1

6

Moorland Open (Hatfield)

1

1

1

1

1

1

Ford

5

6

1

5

3

1

Kirkham

1

1

1

2

1

1

Leyhill

1

1

2

5

4

3

North Sea Camp

1

1

1

1

1

2

Standford Hill

1

1

2

1

1

1

Sudbury

1

1

1

1

1

1

Peterborough

1

1

121

199

200

273

Latchmere House

1

1

1

1

1

1

Brinsford

66

23

71

102

83

85

Castington

87

83

92

104

64

62

Feltham

100

159

141

126

219

203

Hindley

77

36

160

71

41

81

Lancaster Farms

23.

15

92

153

21

5

Stoke Heath

75

230

192

217

226

321

Rochester

9

52

15

46

47

84

Northallerton

27

59

14

35

30

27

Aylesbury

18

14

113

307

201

210

Deerbolt

68

59

100

106

86

122

Glen Parva

197

217

232

148

247

231

Portland

55

115

109

160

170

76

Reading

21

24

52

37

34

23

Ashfield

236

217

165

209

130

92

Cookham Wood

1

1

1

1

1

9

Warren Hill

8

20

13

15

12

75

Huntercombe

28

36

64

61

79

79

Werrington

2

10

25

20

11

52

Wetherby

1

1

59

34

10

23

Thorn Cross

1

3

1

2

3

1

Table two details the instances of recorded self-harm by females, including young offenders (YOs) aged under-21. Female YOs are not held in stand-alone female YOIs. Rather they are held within the adult female prison population.

Table 2: Self harm incidents by establishment (female)

Prison

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

Askham Grange

1

1

1

1

1

1

Brockhill*

623

475

261

219

1

1

Bronzefield

1

205

827

1,165

1,744

1,517

Buckley Hall*

758

1,079

596

1

1

1

Bullwood Hall*

282

1,008

1,418

227

1

1

Cookham Wood*

72

162

197

126

182

1

Downview

130

70

258

233

21

8

Drake Hall

8

7

28

17

41

42

Durham*

282

231

54

1

1

1

Eastwood Park

683

1,139

2,441

2,074

1,965

2,584

Edmunds Hill*

156

209

1

1

1

1

Foston Hall

24

120

616

608

1,160

919

Holloway

957

1,179

1,396

1,470

1,099

1,829

Low Newton

373

719

1,118

736

970

829

Morton Hall

60

19

29

67

50

77

New Hall

1,588

1,116

1,053

1,261

1,193

1,082

Peterborough

800

1,126

1,041

1,337

Send

54

75

97

177

158

233

Styal

368

1,050

1,388

1,574

1,235

2,103

Winchester*

18

8

1

1

1

1

1 Indicates that there have either been no self harm incidents in that period or that the data are not available or applicable for that period (for example, if the prison has been using a different reporting system or has re-roled). Those prisons affected by re-roling are listed in the following table.

Notes:

1. Figures refer to total numbers of self harm incidents and not numbers of individual prisoners.

2. Self harm incidents are as reported on the NOMS Incident Reporting System. Figures exclude recent numbers for C-NOMIS sites Albany, Camp Hill and Parkhurst.

3. Self harm risk is unevenly distributed around the prison estate and changes over time. The following list contains the major changes such as prisons opening, closing and re-rolling etc. which affect self harm figures. These need to be taken into account when interpreting changes from one year to the next.

Prison

Change

2008

Blakenhurst

Merged to form HMP Hewell

2008

Hewell Grange

Merged to form HMP Hewell

2008

Brockhill

Merged to form HMP Hewell

2008

Cookham Wood

Female to under 18 Male

2007

Kennet

First opened

2006

Brockhill

Female to Male

2006

Bulwood Hall

Female to Male

2005

Peterborough

First opened

2005

Durham

Female wing closed

2005

Onley

YOI to YOI+Cat C

2005

Swinfen Hall

YOI to YOI+Cat C

2005

Weare

Closed

2005

Buckley Hall

Female to Male

2005

Edmunds Hill

Female to Male

2004

Winchester

Female wing closed

2004

Bronzefield

First opened

2003

Edmunds Hill

First opened