Serious Incident Statistics

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Johanna Langheld

Dear Trinity College, Cambridge,

I am requesting information pertaining to all serious incident investigations involving the health, wellbeing or welfare of one or more students - a ‘serious incident’ being an adverse event, with significant harmful or potentially harmful consequences, and/or where the effectiveness of the university response is likely to have a significant impact on the health, wellbeing or welfare of a student, their family and/or the community.

The need for a serious incident report is specifically recognised in UUK’s Suicide-Safer Universities (2018) guidance.

It would be most useful, if your reply could be comprehensive. The key factor in all cases is that the University conducted a serious incident investigation. It is not limited to serious incident investigations following the death of a student, or a student suicide, or conducted after a mental health incident (such as attempted suicide, near misses, parasuicide, and non-suicidal self-injury), and whether in University owned property or not. Additionally, if you have records regarding students who were no longer registered with the University, but where you still carried out such an investigation, that information would also be of interest.

If you could provide the relevant numbers, subdivided according to any of the above and/or other categories, that would be extremely helpful.

So, for each of the academic periods 2018-19, 2019-20 and 2020-21:
a) How many serious incident investigations has Trinity College conducted?
b) How many serious incident reports were produced?
c) How many serious incidents involved a fatality?
d) How many serious incident reports and/or their findings has Trinity College shared with other institutions?
e) How many serious incident reports and/or their findings have other institutions shared with you?

In the case of (d) and (e), please specify the different types of institution that were involved in the sharing e.g., other university, UUK, NHS, PHE, Mental Health Trust, OfS, DfE, etc

Yours sincerely

Johanna Langheld

foi, Trinity College, Cambridge

Dear Johanna Langheld,

I am the Freedom of Information Officer for Trinity College Cambridge, responding - with apologies for the delay - to your request of 5 April for information about Serious Incident Reports.

Our Tutorial Department informs me that about 200 'incident reports' per annum are generated by the staff of the College, relating to student welfare and conduct. The majority of these relate to comparatively minor issues such as excessive noise caused to neighbours, failure to exit buildings swiftly during a fire drill, or minor injuries. All incident reports, however minor, are followed up by the College's welfare team or the appropriate member of staff.

Despite being one of the larger colleges in Cambridge, Trinity is fortunate to have only a few incidents regarded as serious each year, and so, mindful of the danger that individuals could be identified if precise figures are given, it is our practice (relying on section 40(2) of the FoI Act) to respond '0 to 5' in cases where the precise number is below 6.

Taking your questions in turn, our responses are as follows.

a) How many serious incident investigations has Trinity College conducted?

For each of the three academic years 2018-19, 2019-20 and 2020-21,
0 to 5 - and also 0 to 5 for the three years taken together (had you enquired about that).

b) How many serious incident reports were produced?

For each of the three academic years 2018-19, 2019-20 and 2020-21,
0 to 5 - and for the three years taken together the total is about 12 (depending on the definition of 'serious').

c) How many serious incidents involved a fatality?

Here the numbers are as for (a). The year 2020-21 is not quite
over, and coroner's inquests (which come first) may still be proceeding.

d) How many serious incident reports and/or their findings has Trinity College shared with other institutions?
0 to 5

e) How many serious incident reports and/or their findings have other institutions shared with you?
0 to 5

Should you have any queries or complaints about this reply you may write to the Junior Bursar, Mr E Knapp at Trinity College, Cambridge. Any complaint should be in writing and should set out clearly the grounds for such complaint. Should you not be satisfied with the outcome, you have the right of appeal to the Information Commissioner.

Yours sincerely

Chris Morley

Chris Morley, Secretary of the College Council
Trinity College Cambridge CB2 1TQ
Direct: 01223 338469
Email: [Trinity College, Cambridge request email]
Web: http://www.trin.cam.ac.uk/

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