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Serious Violence Duty and new Norfolk Drug and Alcohol Partnership

Representatives from the local authority, health, fire and rescue, law enforcement and criminal justice are invited to participate in workshops focusing on how serious violence and substance misuse can impact the diverse communities within Norfolk.  

The Serious Violence Duty is legislation being introduced as part of the government's wider programme to reinforce partnership working.  It will encourage collaboration between a much wider range of partners and is being introduced as a requirement for local partnerships to establish their local problem profile and produce a strategy specifically aimed at preventing and reducing serious violence.

Alongside this, in the summer of 2022, central government asked county level organisations to deliver three aims in line with national policy: 

  • Break drug supply chains
  • Deliver world-class treatment and recovery services
  • Achieve a shift in the demand for drugs

The newly formed Norfolk Drug and Alcohol Partnership will engage with organisations throughout the county to seek their views on the priorities and challenges for those working within substance misuse in Norfolk.  The chair of the Norfolk partnership is Dr Louise Smith, who is the director of public health for Norfolk.  The partnership will report into the Norfolk County Community Partnership as well as the Health and Wellbeing Board.


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