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Self-harm

Question for Department of Health

UIN HL781, tabled on 2 July 2014

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) girls, and (2) boys, aged under 18 received hospital treatment for self-harm in each year since 2010.

Answered on

14 July 2014

Data on the number of under 18 boys and girls who received hospital treatment for self-harm in each year since 2010 is in the following table.

Count of finished admission episodeswith a cause code of self-harm and a count of accident and emergency attendances (excluding planned attendances) with a patient group of deliberate self-harm for (1) females under 18 and (2) males under 18 for 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13.

Activity in English NHS Hospitals and English NHS commissioned activity in the independent sector

Year

Accident and emergency attendances

Finished admission episodes

Male

Female

Male

Female

2010-11

4,038

9,264

2,594

11,400

2011-12

4,287

9,388

2,363

10,868

2012-13

3,800

9,943

2,473

12,305

Source: Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), Health and Social Care Information Centre

Notes:

- Admissions do not represent the number of inpatients as a person may have more than one admission in one year; and

- a patient may have attended Accident and Emergency (A&E) and then been admitted to hospital as a single event, in this case the event would be included in both the A&E and hospital admission figures.

Analysis of how these statistics compare with the rest of Europe has not been made.

Data is not collected on the incidence of self-harm among boys and girls aged under 18 nor those who continue to self-harm in adulthood.