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(Home Office) Serious violence: new legal duty to support multi-agency action

11 April 2019

The Home Office is currently consulting on tackling serious violence in England and Wales.

They suggest that this requires a multi-agency approach involving a range of partners and agencies such as education, health, social services, housing, youth and victim services, offender management and others.

Action should be guided by evidence of the problems and what works in tackling their root causes.

The consultation paper sets out options for supporting a multi-agency or ‘public health’ approach including options for the introduction of a new legal duty and a non-legislative option for partners to work together voluntarily to prevent and tackle serious violence.

The BPS is looking to its members for comment and input to allow us to make a strong response.

Further information about the consultation process

Access the consultation document

Getting Involved

Send your comments to [email protected] using the form below.

The deadline for responses is Thursday the 16th of May.

Please note:

  • The Society will only produce ONE response to any consultation.
  • Any response that goes under the Society logo MUST be signed off by the relevant Board Chair and Branch Chair in the case of Devolved Nations.
  • Responses on behalf of particular Divisions / Faculties /Member Networks are not permitted under any circumstances.
  • Please do refer to the British Psychological Society Consultation Processes document which is attached before writing and sending any comments
  • Please ensure that all comments are based on Published Evidence and not solely on Clinical opinion


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