New Safer Custody Figures show continuing rise in suicides, assaults, violence and self-harm

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New safer custody figures just published – when we thought three months ago that we might have reached the top of the suicide, violence, and self-harm trend, sadly we were wrong – they have all risen once again.

  • Self-harm incidents continue to rise, reaching new record high. 

The number of individuals self harming increased Self-harm incidents reached a record high of 57,968 incidents in the 12 months to March 2019, up 24% from the previous 12 months. In the most recent quarter, self-harm incidents increased by 1% to 14,415 incidents.

The number of individuals self-harming increased by 6% in the 12 months to March 2019, to 12,539, and the number of self harm incidents per individual increased by 15% from 4.0 to 4.6.

  • Assaults continue to rise, reaching record highs

There was a record high of 34,425 assault incidents in the 12 months to March 2019, up 11% from the previous year. In the most recent quarter, assaults increased by 4% to 8,445 incidents.

  • Assaults on staff continue to rise, reaching record highs

There were 10,311 assaults on staff in the 12 months to March 2019, up 15% from the previous year, and a record high figure. In the latest quarter the number of assaults on staff increased by 4% to 2,525 incidents.

Of the 34,425 assault incidents, 3,949 (11%) were serious

In the 12 months to March 2019, there were 3,949 serious assault incidents, up 1% from the previous year. Serious prisoner-onprisoner assaults decreased by 2% to 3,017 in the 12 months to  March 2019, whereas serious assaults on staff increased by 12% to 1,002.

  • Number of deaths decreased from the previous 12 month period – but the number of suicides has increased

In the 12 months to June 2019, there were 309 deaths in prison custody, a decrease from 311 deaths the previous year. Of these, 86 deaths were self-inflicted, up from 81 the previous year.

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