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Durham University

Department of Sociology

Completed Projects

The Development of a New Pathway of Care for Female Offenders who Self-Harm in HMP YOI Low Newton: a joint project between HMPS, County Durham PCT and Durham University.

A research project of the Department of Sociology.


The three year research project aims to introduce a new pathway of care for female offenders at HMP YOI Low Newton in order to reduce the incidence of self-harm and improve the wellbeing of those in custody. This will be delivered through the development of assessment toolkits for those who self-harm or are at risk of doing so; the collaborative development of intervention to prevent or reduce self-harm and the piloting, evaluation and eventual roll out of these.

Benefits of the new pathway are expected to include:

  • Reduction in incidences of and severity of self-harm.
  • Improved welfare of offenders and staff in the prison.
  • Tangible financial savings for both business partners.
  • Contribution to the existing knowledge base around self-harm and current areas of work within the university.


The project is funded by the following grant.

  • Ktp Outline - Durham Pct (£208724.00 from County Durham & Darlington PCT)


In depth interviews and focus groups. Mapping of care pathways. Evaluation of training materials for staff.


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