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Human impact of serious violence examined

16 October 2018

The Home Affairs Committee hears from parents who have lost their children as a result of knife and gun crime and from clinicians on the scale and nature of injuries.

Witnesses

At 2.30 pm

  • Philippa Addai
  • Darren Laville, Founder of the Epiphany People
  • Yvonne Lawson, CEO of the Godwin Lawson Foundation
  • Caroline Shearer, CEO of Only Cowards Carry Weapons Awareness

At 3.30 pm

  • Duncan Bew, Consultant Trauma & Acute Surgeon, King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Maggie Clarke, Assistant Director – Universal Services, Compass
  • Dr Magnus Nelson, Consultant in Emergency Medicine, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust and Assistant Medical Director, South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

Purpose of the session

In the first evidence session for this inquiry, the Committee will take evidence on the scale of the problem and the human impact of serious violence. The Committee will hear from parents who have lost their children as a result of knife and gun crime.

In the second panel the Committee will take evidence from clinicians on the scale and nature of injuries, how these have changed over recent years, and possible contributing factors.

The session is likely to cover:

  • The impact of serious violence on bereaved families, in the short- and long-term
  • What more could be done to support families bereaved by serious violence
  • The impact on the NHS of the recent increase in violent crime, and
  • How the type and volume of injuries has changed.

Further information

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