Self harm in the secure estate

Philip S made this Freedom of Information request to Ministry of Justice

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Dear Ministry of Justice,

I have found your statistics relating to self harm in the secure estate ( - in the supplementary tables (CH8 - table 8.9). You have provided these figures as an average per month, for the whole year.

Under the Freedom of Information Act, please could you provide the total figures for each year:
- Total young people in each sector for each year
- Total incidents of self harm in each sector for each year
- Total number of young people engaging in at least one incident of self harm in each sector for each year

Yours faithfully,

Philip S

Disclosure Team, Ministry of Justice

Dear Philip S,

Please note, under section 8(1) of FOIA, a request for information must comply with three requirements. It must:

(a) be in writing,
(b) state the name of the applicant and an address for correspondence, and
(c) describes the information requested.

After initial consideration, this request appears to comply with requirements (a) and (c) but it does not comply with requirement (b) because you have not provided your full name.
I am therefore not required to process your request without information that can later be referred to, as per Section 8(1)(b) FOIA. The information we require is your name.
As your request has been deemed invalid, I am not obliged to disclose the requested information at this point and I would like to take this opportunity to recommend that any future FOI submissions adhere to Section 8 of the FOIA.
To enable us to meet your request, please resubmit your application in accordance with the above requirements. We will consider your resubmitted request upon receipt as long as it meets the requirements stated above.
You will then receive the information requested within the statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Act, subject to the information not being exempt.
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Kind regards,

Disclosure Team

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