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Making a safe space for victims of knife crime

Emergency departments call on youth workers to help deal with traumatised victims of assault
Knife_crime

Emergency departments call on youth workers to help deal with traumatised victims of assault

Hospitals in England last year recorded more than 4,400 finished consultant episodes (FCEs) in which a patient was a victim of ‘assault by sharp object’.

Knife crime, as such assaults are more commonly known, is on the rise. This is partly due to improvements in recording practices, but a 2017 increase in FCEs of 7.6% on the previous year, and of nearly 22% since 2015, represents a ‘persistent and worrying concern’, says a parliamentary briefing paper published in June.

Young people are usually both victims and perpetrators

Nurses encounter first-hand the frightened, bloodied players in these brutal fights and feuds. But in the turmoil

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