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Self-Harm In Immigration Detention

We have received a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 for the following:  Figures on self-harm in immigration detention between…

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We have received a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 for the following: 

Figures on self-harm in immigration detention between October and December 2009 inclusive, under the following headings:

  1. Number of individuals on formal self-harm at risk
  2. Number on incidents of self-harm requiring medical treatment
  3. Number of deaths if any

We released the following information on 9 February 2010.

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has adopted the Prison Service model of self-harm reduction called Assessment Care in Detention and Teamwork (ACDT).
 
All incidents of self harm are treated very seriously and every step is taken to try and prevent incidents of this nature. Staff at all centres are trained to help identify and prevent suicide and self harm and notices in various languages are displayed setting out that, where there is a concern about a fellow detainee, this should be brought to the attention of a member of staff. Formal risk assessments on initial detention and systems for raising concerns at any subsequent point feed into established self-harm procedures in every removal centre, which are in turn underpinned by a UKBA operating standard on the prevention of self-harm.

There were no deaths in any of the centres during this period.

Immigration Removal Centre Number of individuals on Formal Self-Harm at Risk

  OCTOBER 2009  NOVEMBER 2009 DECEMBER 2009 

 Brook House  28 25 24 

 Campsfield House  15 11  18 

 Colnbrook  39 38  34 

 Dover  10 3  5 

 Dungavel  6 7  5 

 Harmondsworth  13 13  17 

 Haslar  3 4  1 

 Lindholme 1  0  0 

 Oakington  10 14  9 

 Tinsley House  2 7  4 

 Yarl’s Wood  17 16  11 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Immigration Removal Centre Number of incidents of Self-Harm requiring medical treatment  

  OCTOBER 2009 NOVEMBER 2009 DECEMBER 2009 

 Brook House  8  8  2

 Campsfield House  0  2  1

 Colnbrook  6  7  4

 Dover  0  0  1

 Dungavel  0  0  0

 Harmondsworth  0  1  0

 Haslar  0  0  0

 Lindholme  0  0  0

 Oakington  2 1  0 

 Tinsley House  1 1  0 

 Yarl’s Wood  8 1  2