Research and analysis

Self-harm by adult men in prison: a rapid evidence assessment

A Rapid Evidence Assessment (REA) was undertaken to improve understanding of self-harm in adult men in prison to inform strategies for providing safer custody for those in crisis and identifying effective interventions.


Self-harm by adult men in prison: a rapid evidence assessment

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The research summary presents the findings of a Rapid Evidence Assessment (REA) of the international research evidence and published literature on the distinct characteristics and motivations of adult men (over the age of 18) who self-harm in prison. Further to the characteristics and circumstances of the men themselves, staff knowledge and understanding were also identified as a factor and the review concludes there is ongoing need for training and support for prison staff on this issue. Good multi-disciplinary communications, early identification of risk and support for men in prison to solve daily problems as they arise are also identified as factors likely to reduce the incidence of self-harm.

Published 13 September 2018