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Government confirms it will hold public bodies accountable to tackle knife crime together.

The government has announced a new legal duty that will compel public bodies to work together to tackle knife crime.

Whilst there were previous concerns that frontline workers such as teachers, nurses and social workers might be held personally responsible for under this new public health duty, the government has now confirmed that responsibilities will lie with public bodies such as the police, education and NHS Trusts.

These bodies will be forced to work together to reduce knife crime including the need to share data, knowledge and intelligence to help public services better understand the causes of serious violence and allow them to target their interventions to prevent and stop violence altogether.

In addition the government intends to extend the Crime and Disorder Act to ensure serious violence is an "explicit priority" for community safety partnerships including police, fire and probation services.

Home secretary, Sajid Javid said:

‘It’s crucial that we all work together to understand what causes violent crime in the first place, so we can intervene early and prevent this senseless bloodshed.

I’m confident that a public health approach and a new legal requirement that make public agencies work together will create real, lasting long-term change’.

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