Suicide:Written question - 62840

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Asked on: 02 February 2017
Ministry of Justice
Suicide
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To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman has spent on investigations into self-inflicted deaths in each year since 2010.
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Answered by: Mr Sam Gyimah
Answered on: 13 February 2017

The table below shows how much the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman has spent on investigations into self-inflicted deaths from 2010/11 to 2015/16. This covers the salary costs of managers, investigators, and administrative staff including interview transcribers, family liaison officers and fees for call-off investigators. It also includes travel and incidental expenses.

Year

Total

2010-11

£1,444,382

2011-12

£1,374,744

2012-13

£1,409,137

2013-14

£1,372,905

2014-15

£1,371,547

2015-16

£1,278,552

The Government believes that prisons should be places of safety and reform. It is concerned by the number of self-inflicted deaths and is committed to reducing it. The recent White Paper set out specific steps that we are taking to improve safety. They include investing over £100m to recruit an additional 2,500 staff across the estate by the end of 2018.

The National Offender Management Service is undertaking a suicide and self-harm reduction project, led by an experienced prison governor, which is driving work in this area. The work includes implementing the recommendations of a review of the Assessment, Care in Custody and Teamwork (ACCT) process, the multi-disciplinary case management process that is the main tool for managing prisoners at risk of suicide and self-harm. This includes the roll out of new training that will help improve staff understanding of suicide and self-harm, including a module designed to raise awareness of mental health issues and to equip staff to respond appropriately to prisoners experiencing mental health problems.

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