What is County Lines?
Gangs and organised criminal networks export illegal drugs out of bigger cities into smaller towns.
They use dedicated mobile phone lines to make drug deals.
They can exploit children and vulnerable adults to move and store drugs and money.
They will often use coercion, intimidation, violence and weapons.
Key Stage 3
Catch On is a free educational resource about Child Exploitation aimed at pupils in Years 7 and 8 (aged 11-13). The Catch On resource contains a suite of options for a single lesson or series of lessons exploring the topic of grooming and . . .
Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4
In 2017, the Home Office, National Crime Agency, the National Police Chief’s Council, the Children’s Society and Victim Support, as well as a number of smaller, individual organisations have all released new guidance on approaching the . . .
Not In Our Community: Grooming and Exploitation
Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Higher Education
Developed with young people, Not In Our Community means working together to protect against grooming and exploitation. This website contains education resources for year 6 students and above. Includes county lines materials
Abianda is a London-based social enterprise that works with young women affected by gangs and county lines, and the professionals who support them.
Childline is here to help anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through. You can talk about anything. Whether it’s something big or small, our trained counsellors are here to support you. Childline is free, confidential and available any time, day or night. Get help and advice about a wide range of issues, call us on 0800 1111, talk to a counsellor online, send Childline an email or post on the message boards.
Children as young as six are being forced to carry and sell drugs far away from their homes. They are made to skip school, sleep in drug dens, keep secrets from their loved ones. They are treated as criminals when they often feel trapped in a hopeless situation.
County Lines (Fearless)
County Lines is a very serious issue where criminal gangs set up a drug dealing operation in a place outside their usual operating area. Gangs will move their drug dealing from big cities (e.g. London, Manchester, Liverpool etc.) to smaller towns in order to make more money. This can have a really big effect on the community who live there and bring with it serious criminal behaviour.
Loan Sharks: Illegal money lending
Illegal money lending supports drug markets. People often go to the same “friends” in the community to borrow money at extortionate rates to pay off drug debt. Devon and Cornwall Police will pass on the intel to the England Illegal Money Lending Team.
Documents and Publications
#LookCloser: A briefing for professionals working with young people at risk of child exploitation and abuse
Criminal exploitation of children and vulnerable adults: county lines
County Lines—breaking chains of abuse & exploitation
Criminal Exploitation and county lines
Certificate in Understanding County Lines
Gang Related Issues and County Lines
Interactive Exploitation resources
Delivered as a collaboration with the Humber Modern Slavery Partnership, Anywhere Kids is an animation created by My Pockets which demonstrates the consequences around being groomed and exploited.
Ryan’s Story (16+)
Ryan’s Story is an interactive film whereby viewers can choose to see what happens next based on the decision that they make on behalf of the main character. The storylines follow paths based on Ryan joining either a local or out of town organised crime group. From there, the character of Ryan wrestles with his conscience and the consequences of the violent world he inhabits.
Chloe’s Story (16+)
Co-written and made with young people, Chloe tells the story of a young girl and her friend groomed online by a dangerous perpetrator.
- 15 – 16 years old is the most common age of children being used to courier drugs.
- Both boys and girls are exploited.
- White British children are targeted.
- Often social media is used to make initial contact.
- Class A drug users are often targeted so that gangs can cuckoo them.
Developed with young people, Not In Our Community means working together to protect against grooming and exploitation.