Early identification, accurate diagnosis and effective treatment of mental health conditions can help to prevent self-harm and suicide in children and young people. Self-harm is when somebody intentionally damages or injures their body, and is a common way of coping with or expressing overwhelming emotional distress. Hospital admissions is a useful measure of intentional self-harm and is an indicator of how well we are preventing this suffering from occurring.
The rate of hospital admissions as a result of self-harm in children and young people (aged 10-24 years) increased from 347 per 100,000 population in 2011/12 to 421 per 100,000 population in 2017/18 - a 21% increase. This indicates that self-harm among children has recently risen. However, the data does not take A&E attendances into account, so the true prevalence of self-harm could be much higher.
About this data
The data for this indicator is produced by Public Health England's National Child and Maternal Health Intelligence Network (ChiMat).
Directly standardised rate of finished admission episodes for self-harm per 100,000 population aged 10-24 years.
Number of finished admission episodes in children aged between 10 and 24 years where the main recorded cause is intentional self-harm.
Mid-year population estimates: single year of age and sex for local authorities in England and Wales (ages 10-24 years).
Caveats are that the data refers to episodes of admission and not persons, and it does not include attendance at A&E.
For more information, please see Public Health England's Indicator Definitions and Supporting Information.