Cordis Pulse: June 2021
28 June 2021
Part of the forthcoming Serious Violence Duty in the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill 2021 will include a requirement for local partnerships to complete a strategic needs assessment (SNA) to understand how violence is affecting their communities and to help them develop a response strategy. As such, this month, we were pleased to see the publication of the Department of Health and Social Care, the Home Office and Public Health England’s Serious Violence Duty: strategic needs assessment guidance.
Representatives of ‘duty holder’ authorities (i.e. the police, fire and rescue authorities, justice organisations, health bodies and local authorities) will be required to work together to: (1) undertake an evidence-based analysis of the causes of serious violence, (2) develop a strategic needs assessment based on the analysis, and (3) develop and implement a strategy with solutions to prevent and reduce serious violence in their area, which will need to be reviewed every year. Central to this assessment and strategy will be taking a public health approach.
This links to a range of our recent work where we have been supporting our clients by supporting needs assessment and strategy development concerning violence, understanding and demonstrating how public health approaches are applied and what impact they have and also evaluating approaches to violence reduction including innovative community-led approaches.
To read more about this and other policy and research developments, read the PDF below.