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NHS and local authorities to have legal duty to prevent knife crime

NHS trusts, local councils and police forces are to have a legal duty to help prevent and tackle serious violence, including knife crime.

Under plans being announced by the home secretary, public bodies in England and Wales will have to share data, intelligence and knowledge.

The public health approach will aim to promote early, targeted intervention.

The duty will apply to organisations – not individual workers – following concerns raised by teachers’ unions in April.

The new duty will mean certain organisations will have to plan and collaborate to prevent and tackle serious crime.

New guidance will be published to help explain how different organisations and sectors, such as youth offending services, can partner with each other.

Read more at the BBC.

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