Under a statutory “public health duty”, police, hospitals, schools and other public bodies would be required to report those at risk of being drawn into knife crime.
Staff would have to alert other agencies if they thought a young person was in danger – such as turning up at A&E with a suspicious injury, absenteeism or worrying behaviour at school or problems at home.
Children would be offered support to stop them going on to commit serious violence or being groomed by gangs, similar to the way the Government’s Prevent programme identifies and targets children at risk of being drawn into extremism.
The multi-agency “public health duty” is designed to hold public bodies accountable for preventing as well as tackling serious and violent crime and will be subject to inspections, with those failing named and shamed.
In a joint statement Theresa May and Sajid Javid wrote: “We must and will use every tool and tactic at our disposal to deter young people from carrying knives. We must treat the threat which knives pose to our society like a disease.”
The Prime Minster said: “To bring about lasting change and protect young people from the tragic violence we have seen on our streets, we need to work across society to intervene early and stop them from being drawn into crime.”
It comes after four random attacks, thought to have been carried out in north London on Saturday night by a lone male suspect, and on the eve of a Downing Street summit on knife crime.
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