County Lines is a drug dealing operation impacting hundreds of children. Gangs are targeting vulnerable children and young people, such as looked after children or those trapped in poverty.
The gangs exploit these young people, grooming them to traffick drugs for them. There is evidence of County Lines in 88% of police forces in the UK. The Children’s Commissioner estimates that there are as many as 46,000 children involved in gangs.
Children as young as 12 have been found as part of these operations and children often travel away from where they live to traffick drugs on behalf of the gangs, as such children are often absent from schools for short periods.
How can you tell if a child is being exploited? What can schools do to help? This course was developed in conjunction with Lewisham Virtual School. This London authority have a dis-proportionally high number of young people who have been victims or are suspected of being exploited for the purpose of county lines.
This course looks at the risk factors which make young people at risk and considers what interventions can help.
We have separate courses designed and tailored specifically for those that work in children's services and Education.
Access this course as part of the following online course package(s):