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MPs Urge Knife Crime Rethink

Magazine article Public Finance

MPs Urge Knife Crime Rethink

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A Commons committee has called on the government to adopt a 'public health' approach to knife crime, with early intervention, more education and more support for offenders.

Knife crime, published by the home affairs select committee on June 2, said a climate of fear and a lack of faith in the polke was leading to an 'arms race' among some teenagers.

The MPs recommended targeting knife-carriers separately to violent offenders. They called for more diversion act ivftiesfor young people, better information-sharing between authorities, more outreach programmes in schools and better victim support.

They also advocated identifying and working with babies and toddlers who are at risk due to deprivation, lack of family support or violence In the home. …

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