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15 April 2019

The Home Office is consulting on Serious Violence: New Legal Duty to Support Multi-agency Action, which closes on Tuesday 28th May 2019.


The consultation

The Home Office is proposing a new legal duty to support a multi-agency or public health approach to tackling serious violence.  This would involve a range of partners and agencies such as education, health, social services, housing, youth and victim services, and offender management, as well as the voluntary and charitable sector.

A public health approach should include  targeted interventions in local communities that are guided by evidence of the problems and what works in tackling their root causes. To do this, the Home Office aims for organisations to share information, data and intelligence, and encourage them to work in concert rather than in isolation.

Questions for the youth sector

The Home Office is asking the following questions:

  • Do you agree that the vision and focus for a multi-agency approach to preventing and tackling serious violence is correct?
  • Which of the three proposed options do you consider would best achieve the consultation vision?
    • Option One: New duty on specific organisations to have due regard to the prevention and tackling of serious violence
    • Option Two: New duty through legislating to revise Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs)
    • Option Three: A Voluntary Non-legislative approach
  • Do you consider the agencies and partners identified are the right ones to achieve the consultation vision?
  • What other measures could support such a voluntary multi-agency approach to tackling serious violence, including how we ensure join up between different agencies?

Have your say

If you would like or have your views or evidence included in London Youth’s response, please email Samuel Howell using the link below before Friday 17th May.

We will also be holding a consultation workshop at London Youth on Monday 20th May so our members can express their views on the consultation and contribute to our response. Please follow the link below to sign up to attend.


If you are a London Youth member and would like to be more involved, we encourage you to join our Policy Advisory Group, a new way for our members to be at the heart of our policy and media work.

Samuel Howell, Policy Officer