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Home Office in the Media Blog: Monday 1 April

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Home Office in the media

Today's Home Office stories include the  announcement of plans for a public health approach to tackling knife crime and today's Serious Violence Summit at No10.

Public health approach to tackling knife crime

The announcement of a public health approach to tackling violet crime receives widespread coverage in both print and on broadcast, including a front page piece in the Mail.

The Times, Guardian, Sun, Express, Metro, Independent and Telegraph all also run prominent pieces stating that the Government is consulting on whether teachers, medics and police should have a legal duty to report “warning signs” of young people being dragged into violent crime.

An op-ed by the Home Secretary and Prime Minister is carried in the Mail, in which they argue that knife crime should be treated “like a sickness”.

The announcement led the broadcast bulletins on Good Morning Britain, BBC Breakfast, Sky and followed Brexit on the Today programme. During broadcast interviews Crime Minister Victoria Atkins discussed the additional £100 million funding being given to police to tackle serious violence, and advocated a public health approach that focuses on early intervention.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid said:

Violent crime is like a disease rotting our society and it’s essential that all public bodies work together to treat the root causes.

The public health, multi-agency approach has a proven track record and I’m confident that making it a legal duty will help stop this senseless violence and create long-term change.

I’m committed to ending this scourge and will use all the tools at my disposal to do so.

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