‘Legal duty’ on agencies to tackle UK knife crisis
HOME Secretary Sajid Javid will tomorrow impose a new legal duty on public bodies to tackle knife and violent crime.
It means police, local authorities, the NHS and youth offending services will be held responsible for failures, rather than individuals.
The scheme is based on the violence reduction initiative in Scotland, which saw homicides fall from 137 to 59 in 12 years.
Violence was treated as a public health issue. Police worked with NHS, education and social workers and young people were offered youth clubs, training and work.
Mr Javid said: “It’s crucial we work together to intervene early and prevent this senseless bloodshed.
“I’m confident that a public health approach will create real, lasting long-term change.”
It comes as PM Theresa May prepares to hear from people aged 20-25 at a violent crime summit at No10 tomorrow.
CONFIDENCE Sajid David