Self-harm by young people in custody
1. Main facts and figures
- in the year ending March 2019, the rate of self-harm by White young people in custody was 2.75 times the rate of all other ethnic groups combined
- for every 100 White young people in custody, there was an average of 19.8 incidents of self-harm per month
- for every 100 young people from all other ethnic groups combined, there were 7.2 incidents of self-harm per month
- in every year from April 2010 to March 2019, the rate of self-harm was higher for White young people compared with people from all other ethnic groups combined
The ethnic categories used in this data
The number of young people involved in incidents of self-harm was too small to make reliable generalisations about specific ethnic categories. Because of this, we show data for 2 ethnic groups:
- 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||7.2||533.3||38.5|
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
Young people in custody report their own ethnicity which staff then record.
The number of young people in custody is counted at the start of each month. Figures also include new admissions during the month, and then averaged across a 12-month period.
Average number of incidents, average numbers of young people in custody and rates per 100 have been rounded to 1 decimal point. All calculations have been made using unrounded figures.
See the Youth justice statistics for 2018 to 2019 for unrounded figures and the percentages calculated from them.
[Youth justice statistics] (https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/youth-justice-statistics).
Further technical information
Figures published before the release of the 2018 to 2019 youth justice statistics may have been revised since their original publication.
5. Data sources
Type of data
Type of statistic
Ministry of Justice
Purpose of data source
The data is used by the government to develop, monitor and evaluate criminal justice policy for young offenders in England and Wales.
6. Download the data
This file contains the following: measure, ethnicity, year, value, numerator, denominator