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Correctional staff stop inmate attempting self-harm

     Officers of the Correctional Services Department stopped an inmate attempting self-harm at Chi Lan Rehabilitation Centre yesterday (December 26).

      Correctional officers found the 14-year-old female inmate suddenly emotionally unstable at the time, using the end of a toothpaste tube and a broken button to cut her left forearm. The officers stopped her immediately to prevent further self-harm. She was conscious at the time and only sustained minor injuries. She was treated by centre medical officers and was subsequently referred to a clinical psychologist for further assessment and counselling.

      A spokesman for the department said, "The department has been using all possible measures to prevent people in its custody from attempting suicide or self-harm. These measures include administrative arrangements, improvement of institution facilities, staff training and first aid services."

      The girl was sent to the rehabilitation centre for the offence of common assault.

Ends/Thursday, December 27, 2012
Issued at HKT 12:22

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