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The Home Office has today launched a consultation on a new legal duty to support a multi-agency approach to preventing and tackling serious violence

From: Hanson, Amanda (Crime Services)
Sent: 03 April 2019 14:35
Subject: Home Office Serious Violence Consultation

Annwyl oll/Dear all,

 The Home Office has today launched a consultation on a new legal duty to support a multi-agency approach to preventing and tackling serious violence.

 The consultation paper sets out options for supporting a multi-agency or ‘public health’ approach through the introduction of a new legal duty. It also includes a non-legislative option, for partners to work together voluntarily to tackle serious violence.

 In response to the consultation, the UK and Welsh Governments will work together to consider any implications for resource, budgets and functions.

 The consultation is open to everyone. However,  they are particularly interested in hearing from those with expertise in working with young people at risk of criminal involvement and/or re-offending or victimisation, those involved in law enforcement and, more generally, the communities affected by serious violence, including the voluntary and community sector. This includes relevant professionals, such as those working in social care, education, law enforcement, local government, community safety, youth services, offender management, victims’ services, public health and healthcare.

 Three options for achieving a vision of an effective multi-agency approach to preventing and tackling serious violence are outlined:

 Option One: New duty on specific organisations to have due regard to the prevention and tackling of serious violence.

This is the Government’s preferred option. Under this option they would propose to introduce a new duty through new primary legislation and would legislate to place a new duty on specific organisations to have due regard to the prevention and tackling of serious violence.

 Option Two: New duty through legislating to revise Community Safety Partnerships.

They are interested in whether a new duty to prevent and tackle serious violence can be introduced through legislating to amend Community Safety Partnerships to ensure they have a strategy for preventing and tackling serious violence.

 Option Three: A voluntary non-legislative approach.

The third option is to encourage areas to adopt voluntary measures to engage in a multi-agency approach instead of, or to complement introducing a new statutory duty. This would mean a range of organisations would recognise they have an important role to play in preventing and tackling serious violence.

The consultation closes on 28th May 2019 and there will be a published response within twelve weeks of that date. The consultation may be accessed via the following link:

 https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/serious-violence-new-legal-duty-to-support-multi-agency-action

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