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New duty to stem gang violence would require nurses to 'use their instincts'

A multi-agency public health duty covering emergency departments would extend safeguarding approach
Unhappy youth

A multi-agency public health duty covering emergency departments would extend safeguarding approach

  • Worries over breaching confidentiality, but duty seen as ‘being more proactive’
  • Idea is to spot young people at risk, modelled on method adopted in Glasgow
  • Charity workers seen having a role alongside ED in befriending young patients

By mid-May, the 100th fatal stabbing of 2019 had been recorded in the UK. Those killed range in age from a boy of 14 to a pensioner aged 80.

This sombre landmark comes amid rising rates of violence that have prompted the government to look at new ways of tackling violent crime.

One of the proposals put forward by the Home Office in England is the idea of introducing a new multi-agency ‘public health duty’.

‘We ask them to trust their instincts – staff know

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