Self-harm by young people in custody
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1. Main facts and figures
- in 2016/17, the rate of self-harm by White young people in custody was just under 3 times that of young people from all other ethnic groups combined
- there were 12.8 incidents of self-harm per 100 White young people in custody per month, compared with 4.4 incidents of self-harm per 100 young people in custody from all other ethnic groups combined
The ethnic categories used in this data
The number of young people in custody involved in incidents of self-harm was too small to draw any firm conclusions based on specific ethnic categories. Therefore, the data is broken down into the following 2 broad categories:
- White – White ethnic groups (including White British and White ethnic minorities)
- Other – all other ethnic minorities
2. By ethnicity
|Ethnicity||Rate||Average population per month||Average number of self harm incidents per month|
|Other than White||4.4||509.0||22.5|
Summary of Self-harm by young people in custody By ethnicity Summary
3. By ethnicity over time
|White||Other than White|
|Time||White Rate||White Average population per month||White Average number of self harm incidents per month||Other than White Rate||Other than White Average population per month||Other than White Average number of self harm incidents per month|
Summary of Self-harm by young people in custody By ethnicity over time Summary
Self-harm is measured as the rate per 100 prisoners (taken from prison population monthly snapshots at the beginning of each month, including new admissions, averaged across a 12-month period).
The data is reviewed, but as with all large administrative surveys errors and omissions can occur.
Rates per 100 young people in custody are rounded to 1 decimal place.
Youth justice statistics since 2008/09
5. Data sources
Type of data
Type of statistic
Ministry of Justice
Purpose of data source
Figures shown here are derived from administrative data used for internal management information.
6. Download the data
This file contains the following: ethnicity, time, value, denominator and numerator