Making a safe space for victims of knife crime

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

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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