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Prisoners: Self-harm

Sadiq Khan: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many self-harm incidents there were (a) in total and (b) per 1,000 prisoners in each prison in each of the last four years. [197045]

Jeremy Wright: The National Offender Management Service (NOMS) does not tolerate violence of any kind in prisons and any instance is taken very seriously.
NOMS is committed to exploring options to continue to improve how violence is tackled in prisons to keep both staff and prisoners safe. It is currently reviewing the policy and practice of the management of violence.

Over the last five years the rate of assaults has fallen by 13%.

The number of assaults by prison for 2010 to 2013 can be found in table 3.14 of the assaults section of the latest Safety in Custody Statistics bulletin which can be found here:


The number of self-harm incidents by prison for 2010 to 2013 can be found in table 2.13 of the self-harm section of the above bulletin.

The other numbers requested covering 2010 to 2013 have been placed in the Library. Table 1 shows the number of serious assaults by prison. Table 2 shows the number of assault incidents per 1,000 prisoners by prison. Table 3 shows the number of self-harm incidents per 1,000 prisoners by prison.

Risk of assault and self-harm is distributed unevenly around the prison estate. Gender, age and other factors such as the size and composition of the prison population, can affect the number of self-harm or assault incidents that occur in a particular establishment. Therefore, careful interpretation is needed of the incident and rates tables at a prison level.