Event Summary

The Children’s Commissioner for England believes that at least 27,000 children are county lines gang members. An additional 120,000 children – one in every 25 teens in England – may experience broader risk factors associated with exploitation. In 2022, the Government committed to closing an additional 2,000 county lines by March 2025.*

Through the County Lines Programme and Drugs Strategy, disrupting county lines and safeguarding young people is a top national priority. Join Westminster Insight’s Tackling County Lines Digital Conference to hear about the latest guidance, legislation, funding and best practice. Hear from Anne Rannard, Protect Lead at the National County Lines Coordination Centre, about identifying children who are being exploited and supporting victims to give their best evidence.

County Lines trafficking does not exist in a vacuum. It is a major, cross-cutting issue involving drugs, violence, gangs, safeguarding, criminal and sexual exploitation, modern slavery, and funds other illicit activities. There is an urgent need for joined up action and multi-agency approaches. At this timely event, we will bring together government, schools, police, prosecutors, councils, housing providers, charities, and other agencies to discuss what more can be done do to protect vulnerable children from being groomed into county lines gangs.

County lines gangs habitually prey on young and vulnerable children or ‘runners’ to sell their drugs up and down the country, sometimes from as young as 12 years old.** Grooming is an important part of what makes county lines possible. We will learn how grooming takes place, how to identify the signs, how to raise awareness among young people, and practical solutions to prevent it.

Don’t miss this opportunity to network with colleagues and take away practical solutions to tackle county lines in your community.

 

*Home Office, 2023

**NSPCC

Sessions include

  • Identifying the signs of grooming into county lines
  • Disrupting the transportation of drugs across the country
  • Using technology to prevent drug gangs from laundering their money
  • Multi-agency working to tackle county lines
  • What next for the County Lines Programme?
  • Protecting at-risk children exploited by county lines
  • Learning from the experience of those on the frontline dealing with county lines