Self-Harm: Children:Written question - 22945

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Asked on: 18 January 2016
Department of Health
Self-Harm: Children
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people under 18 have been admitted to hospital as a result of self-harm in each year since 2010.
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Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 21 January 2016

While information on the number of children and young people admitted to hospital as a result of self-harm is not available, the table below shows the total number of admissions in each year from 2009-10 to 2014-15.


The table provides a count of finished admission episodes with an external cause of self-harm and a patient age between 0-17 years for 2009-10 to 2014-15. This is a count of admissions, not people as the same person may have been discharged on more than one occasion during the same year.


Year

2009-10

2010-11

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

Admissions

12,944

13,995

13,231

14,780

19,577

19,647

Source Hospital Episode Statistics data


In 2013, specific guidance around the recording of self-harm codes on patients admitted via accident and emergency was issued to all providers. This may explain the increase between 2012-13 and 2013-14; which means that figures between these two years cannot be fairly compared.

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