To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what guidance he has given to staff working for, or contracted by, his Department on dealing with people who have a history of suicide attempts; and if he will place a copy of such guidance in the Library.
16 July 2015
DWP provides a range of guidance to enable staff to develop the skills required to support a range of customers and claimants and to respect their needs. This approach aims to ensure that staff are equipped to deal with a diverse set of circumstances.
DWP’s guidance “Managing Customer Declarations of Intention to Attempt Suicide or Self Harm” provides a clear detailed action plan for staff and contractors to follow if a customer declares an intention to kill or harm him or herself.