||<p>Tackling serious violence, including knife crime, is a top priority for the Government.
As set out in our Serious Violence Strategy, we are taking a multi-agency approach
that brings together different sectors and stresses the importance of early intervention
to tackle the root causes of violence.</p><p>To reinforce this approach, on 1 April,
we launched a consultation on a new legal duty to underpin a public health approach
to tackling serious violence. The consultation, which will close on 28 May can be
found on the gov.uk website at: <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/serious-violence-new-legal-duty-to-support-multi-agency-action]"
1 and 4 April 2019, the Prime Minister hosted a Serious Youth Violence Summit at 10
Downing Street, with the support of the Home Secretary and other Secretaries of State
to ensure a shared understanding and commitment to the multi-agency, public health
approach to tackling knife crime and serious violence. A new Ministerial Taskforce,
chaired by the Prime Minister, has been created to drive cross-government action.
A report summarising the key discussion points can be found on the gov.uk website
at: <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/prime-ministers-summit-on-serious-youth-violence"
addition, on 13 March the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced an additional £100
million funding for this year to tackle serious violence, which includes funding to
support investment in Violence Reduction Units to support cross-sector work. The Violence
Reduction Units will bring together a range of public agencies, such as the police,
education, health partners, offender management, local authorities and others to tackle
serious youth violence.</p>