Professionals may have to report children feared injured by knives

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Doctors, nurses and teachers would have to report suspicions under Home Office proposals

Doctors, nurses and teachers would be required by law to report children feared to have been caught up in a life of violence – and held accountable if they failed to do so – under proposals put forward by the government to tackle the knife crime crisis.

Young people turning up at A&E with suspicious injuries or displaying worrying behaviour at school are among some of the warning signs that public sector staff would be expected to flag under the proposed multi-agency “public health duty”.

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