Youth Custody:Written question - 6765

Q
Asked by John Pugh
(Southport)
Asked on: 13 July 2015
Ministry of Justice
Youth Custody
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many young offenders in custody (a) committed suicide and (b) self-harmed in each of the last 10 years.
A
Answered by: Andrew Selous
Answered on: 20 July 2015

We are committed to protecting the safety of young people in custody. All establishments who hold young people are required to have procedures in place to identify, manage and support young people who are at risk of harm to themselves.

There were six self-inflicted deaths in under-18 custody between 2005 and 2014.

Statistics on self-harm in youth custody are provided in Chapter 8 of the Youth Justice Statistics publication, published annually in January. The most recent statistics can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/youth-justice-annual-statistics-2013-to-2014).

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