National Statistics

Safety in Custody quarterly: update to September 2016

Safety in custody statistics cover deaths, self-harm and assaults in prison custody in England and Wales.


Deaths in prison custody 1978 to 2016

Self-harm in prison custody 2004 to 2015

Assaults in prison custody 2000 to 2015

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Self-harm data tool

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Safety in custody statistics cover deaths, self-harm and assaults in prison custody in England and Wales. This publication updates statistics on deaths to the end of December 2016 and assaults and self-harm up to September 2016.

The bulletin is released by the Ministry of Justice and produced in accordance with arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.

Pre-release list

Safety in Custody statistics is produced and handled by the Ministry of Justice’s (MOJ) analytical professionals and production staff. Pre-release access of up to 24 hours is granted to the following persons:

Ministry of Justice

Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State; Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Minister for Prisons and Rehabilitation; Permanent Secretary; Director of Analytical Services; Director General of Prisons and Offender Management Policy (x2); Director of Prison Reform Policy; Deputy Director, Prison Reform Policy; Prison Reform Policy; and relevant special advisors (x2), press officers (x4), private secretaries (x8) and Economic Advisor to the Secretary of State.

National Offender Management Service (NOMS)

Chief Executive Officer, NOMS; Chief Operating Officer, NOMS; NOMS Directors (x10); Deputy Director, Head of Performance and Analysis Group (PAG); Deputy Director, Head of Safer Custody and Public Protection Group; Safer Custody Unit (x2); Suicide and Self-Harm Project Manager.

Other government departments

Senior Policy Advisor, Home and Legal Team, Public Services Group at HM Treasury.

Published 26 January 2017
Last updated 1 March 2017 + show all updates
  1. The bulletin was revised on 1 March 2017. The original commentary incorrectly stated that the number of self-inflicted deaths in the female estate was the highest on record. This has been amended to say that the number was the highest since 2004.
  2. First published.