The new legal duty to prevent and reduce serious violence

Context: The provision in the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill.

Born out of the Serious Violence Strategy, the intention behind this provision is to encourage a public health
approach to tackling serious violence.

Part 2 of the PCSC Bill places a duty on specified authorities for a local government area to collaborate
with specified authorities in the same area to prevent and reduce serious violence. These authorities are already required to work together in community safety partnerships.
The specified authorities must establish a local problem profile/ strategic needs assessment and develop and publish a
local strategy which will outline the collective action they intend to take. The focus here would be serious violence.
As a result of this duty, educational authorities, prisons and youth custody agencies may also be required to work with those

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