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, 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
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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.
Documents and Publications
Criminal exploitation of children and vulnerable adults: county lines
This guidance outlines what county lines (and associated criminal exploitation) is, signs to look . . .
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.