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The Serious Violence Duty was created by the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2022. It requires specified authorities – local authorities, police, Fire and Rescue Authorities, the Probation Service, Youth Offending Teams, and Integrated Care Boards – to collaborate and plan to prevent and reduce serious violence.

Educational authorities (such as schools and colleges) and prison and youth custody authorities are required to be consulted in the development of strategies and may be involved in their delivery.

The Police and Crime Commissioner assists the specified authorities with implementing the Duty and is responsible for monitoring progress.

The Humber VPP is working collaboratively with the specified authorities for the Duty and the four Humber Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs) – East Riding, Hull, North East Lincolnshire and North Lincolnshire – to deliver a co-ordinated approach across the Humberside Police force area.

The Humber VPP has produced a Strategic Needs Assessment, setting out the drivers and extent of serious violence in the Humber area. CSPs will supplement this with annexes incorporating additional data and drawing out the key conclusions for their areas.

The Humber VPP is working with CSPs and other partners to develop a Response Strategy for serious violence. Each CSP will have its own Delivery Plan, forming part of the strategy, tailored to local needs.

As a result of the Serious Violence Duty, CSPs have a statutory responsibility to prevent people from becoming involved in, and to reduce instances of, serious violence. CSPs are governed by boards made up of the specified authorities and other partner organisations. The Humber VPP Board will lead the development of Humber-wide products and support collaboration across the area.

Information sharing is a core part of the Serious Violence Duty. The Humber VPP is supplementing CSPs’ existing information sharing agreements by mapping and facilitating access to additional data and supporting collaborative work on data analysis.

The Serious Violence Duty comes with a small amount of funding for staff costs and commissioning interventions, which has been allocated to Police and Crime Commissioners to distribute. In the Humber area, the Humber VPP is managing this on behalf of partners. Each CSP has a new Violence Prevention Officer jointly funded by the Humber VPP and the Serious Violence Duty funds. Additional youth outreach capacity is also being jointly funded, delivered through Youth Offending Teams, to complement other interventions commissioned by the Humber VPP and partners.

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