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Fiona Mactaggart: In December 2002, the Prison Service introduced a revised system for self-harm data collection that required staff to complete an F213SH form for every incident of self-harm known to occur within the establishment, irrespective of the method, intent or severity of any injury: from superficial scratches of the skin to noose/ligature-making, self-suffocation and attempted hanging. The F213SH is used in all prisons, both male and female. The form is designed to be user-friendly and to enable the manageable and consistent collection of standardised, accurate information. The completed F213SH is then imputed to the Prison Service's Incident Reporting System (IRS).
Fiona Mactaggart: Eight prisoners apparently took their own lives in London prisons during the calendar year 1997; 12 prisoners apparently took their own lives in London prisons during the calendar year 2004.
Fiona Mactaggart: 1,294 remand prisoners are recorded as having self-harmed in 2003 and 1,367 in 2004. Remand prisoners are over-represented in self-harm statistics. The heightened risk is associated with the fact that the majority of remand prisoners are in the early phases of imprisonment. Remand prisoners, as compared to sentenced prisoners, have also been shown to have higher rates of a number of risk factors that we know increase the likelihood of self-harm, such as mental disorder, substance dependence, previous self-harm and previous abuse (Singleton et al, 1998).
The 200405 figures for contracted figures are not yet available. The costs for running each contracted prison in the financial year 200304 are given in table 2. The original budgeted figures for each contracted prison in 200304 are not held centrally.
|200405 Budgets||Adjusted 200405|
|035||East Sutton Park||2,333,533.00||2,436,134.00|
|088||North Sea Camp||4,810,305.00||4,937,493.00|
The number of apparently self-inflicted deaths fluctuates. The four deaths in April and May this year represent the lowest in a two month period since 1992. Sadly, sometimes there are also apparent 'clusters' of self-inflicted deaths, such as the 16 deaths in June. Each death will be the subject of a coroner's inquest and a thorough investigation by the prisons and probation ombudsman. The Prison Service and contracted prisons will be looking to see if there are any early lessons to learn and act on.
|Number of apparently self-inflicted deaths|
Fiona Mactaggart: A range of support is given to women prisoners who disclose that they have been victims of abuse, which may include the experience of domestic violence. This includes offering individual support of counselling; giving advice and information about abuse; and referral on to appropriate outside agencies. Individual establishments work closely with local community agencies with specialist expertise in abuse issues. The support offered will be determined following a full assessment of individual need.
Copies of the Home Office leaflet on domestic violence are available to women in prison and a women's aid/refuge domestic violence number is on the recommended helpline list devised by the National Offender Management Service Safer Custody Group. Good Practice Guidelines for supporting women who have experienced abuse or domestic violence were circulated by the Prison Service Women's Team to all women's establishments in June 2005.
Services for the identification and management of sexually transmitted diseases are part of the overall health care services provided for prisoners, who are one of the target groups identified in the Department's national strategy for sexual health and HIV implementation action plan (2002). National health service primary care trusts are now responsible for commissioning the primary health care services at all but three of the publicly-run prison establishments in England. By April 2006, that responsibility will be fully devolved to the NHS.
Prison doctors were advised in 1995 that they should make condoms available to individual prisoners, on application if, in their clinical judgment, there was a risk of the transmission of HIV infection during sexual activity. The Prison Service expects shortly to issue revised guidance and instructions aimed at clarifying its policy on condom provision and ensuring that it is applied more consistently across the estate.
All prisoners undergo a health screening on first reception to identify those who have immediate health needs, or who are at a high risk of having a significant health problem. This, or other harm minimisation or health promotion resources, may result in individual
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prisoners requesting an appointment with a sexual health service, which may lead to testing, and associated pre-and post-test discussion, for blood borne viruses.
Mr. Allen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 27 January 2005, Official Report, column 472W, on Dartmoor prison, when he will place in the Library copies of contracts or agreements relating to the provision of offending behaviour courses by faith-based organisations at Dartmoor prison; what the budgeted cost is of the programmes; who bears the cost of the programmes; how many prisoners are taking part; and over what period the programmes will operate. 
Fiona Mactaggart: A copy of the service level agreement between Dartmoor prison and The InnerChange Freedom Initiative Project has today been placed in the Library. The document sets out the agreement for the delivery of the programme to prisoners known as The InnerChange Freedom Initiative. The programme, which is delivered by the chaplaincy department, is wholly funded by the Tufton Trust, which is a charitable organisation, and no cost is borne by the Prison Service.
There are currently 10 prisoners taking part in the programme which lasts a year and is based on Christian values. The programme is wholly multi-faith, and prisoners with diverse faiths and beliefs are currently represented. This is a pilot project in place for one year only at Dartmoor. Although it is evaluated at varying intervals, a full evaluation will be undertaken at the end of the pilot and results analysed and discussed before a decision is taken on whether or not to expand the project to other establishments.
Fiona Mactaggart: Of the sentenced prison population at 30 June 2002, 70 percent. of young males, 77 percent. of adult males and 50 percent. of adult females had at least one previous conviction for a standard list offence. More detailed figures available in the table.
|Young male offenders||Adult male offenders||Adult female offenders|
|11 and over||10||34||15|
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 6 July 2005, Official Report, column 547W on Transexual
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Prisoners, if he will give the reasons for the delay in publishing guidelines on the treatment of transexual prisoners. 
Fiona Mactaggart: The Prison Service regrets that the need to devote resources to other work has meant that it has not yet proved possible to complete these guidelines. Prisoners with gender dysphoria are, however, already being cared for, managed and treated in accordance with the general principles contained in the emerging guidelines.
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