Serious Violence Duty: In December 2022, the Home Office published their Serious Violence Duty. Draft guidance for The Duty was announced in response to a government consultation in 2019, to support a multi-agency approach to reduce serious violence. The guidance follows the publication of the Serious Violence Strategy in 2018, which outlined the Government’s commitment to tackling serious violence.
Self harm in Young People: Deliberate self-harm (DSH) is the act of purposefully hurting your body. Looking at a sample of TIIG Emergency Department (ED) data, DSH attendances comprised approximately 3% of all injury attendances between January 2020 and March 2023. Over six in ten (62%) of DSH attendances were women, with pronounced spikes in attendances for young women between the ages of 14 and 19 years.
Dog bite collaboration: Dog related deaths are defined as being where the cause of death for an individual is ‘bitten or struck by a dog’. Whilst dog related deaths are rare and also not thought to be increasing, there is much regional variance. TIIG are working on a bid in conjunction with colleagues at The University of Liverpool which aims to understand why the North-West has a higher incidence of dog bites when compared to the rest of the country.