Agenda

09:00 – 09:05

Chair’s Opening Remarks

Evan Jones

Evan Jones

Director of Criminal Exploitation Development, St Giles Trust

09:05 – 09:30

Keynote Address: Next Steps for Tackling County Lines

  • Understanding the nature and scale of the County Lines threat
  • Outlining the new national strategy for disrupting County Lines
  • Updating on priorities for action
Live Q&A
09:20 - 09:30
Dan Mitchell

Dan Mitchell

Detective Superintendent, Head of the National County Lines Coordination Centre, Metropolitan Police

09:30 – 09:55

Spotlight Session: Addressing County Lines Through Prevention and Early Intervention

  • Supporting those who are at risk of being recruited for county lines
  • Utilising prevention-led approaches to safeguard individuals from county lines gangs
  • Improving safeguarding procedures in target areas including schools and children in care
  • Understanding the significance of debt bondages in the early stages of county lines
Live Q&A
09:45 - 09:55

Daniel Morris

Assistant Director (Children, Young People and Families), Catch22

09:55 - 10:25

Joint Discussion: Educating Young People and Raising Awareness of County Lines

  • Embedding strategies to raise awareness of county lines: integrating learning around county lines into schools
  • Ensuring young people understand the risks and dangers of county lines
  • Detecting early signs of county lines exploitation in young people
Live Q&A
10:15 - 10:25
Christina Gabbitas

Christina Gabbitas

Author, Educator and Honorary Member of the NSPCC Council

Sarah Bell

Assistant Headteacher, Designated Safeguarding Lead and SENCo, Northallerton School & Sixth Form College

10:25 - 11:10

Panel Discussion: Tackling County Lines through Multi-Agency Collaboration

  • Improving communication between key partners to improve outcomes for those at risk
  • Navigating the barriers to collaborative multi-agency work on county lines
  • Ensuring key partners have defined roles and responsibilities for tackling county lines
  • Practical multi-agency data sharing solutions for recording county lines evidence and information
Live Q&A
10:55 - 11:10

Nicola Maxwell

Strategic Lead for Specialist Adolescent Services, East Sussex County Council

James Houghton

James Houghton

Safeguarding Operational Lead, British Transport Police County Lines Task Force

Natasha Mitra

Natasha Mitra

Head of Helpline Services, Unseen

11:10 - 11:40

Networking Break

Meet your colleagues and make new connections via our virtual platform.

11:40 - 12:15

Joint Discussion: Keeping Up to Date with County Line Recruitment Strategies

  • Challenges in putting an end to county lines recruitment strategies
  • Combatting evolving recruitment strategies used by OCGs and gangs such as encrypted messaging
  • Improving awareness of how county lines gangs exploit vulnerable individuals including through cuckooing
Live Q&A
12:00 - 12:15
Anne Rannard

Anne Rannard

Protect Lead, National County Lines Coordination Centre, National Police Chiefs' Council

Dr Jack Spicer

Dr Jack Spicer

Lecturer in Criminology, University of Bath

12:15 - 12:35

Spotlight Session: What Role Does Social Media Play in County Lines?

  • Understanding how social media is used by county lines gangs
  • Best practice strategies for reporting suspected county lines activity online
  • Discussing the implications of the Online Safety Act on safeguarding and county lines social media recruitment
  • What are the signs to look for? Navigating county lines slang and end-to-end encrypted messaging mechanisms
Live Q&A
12:25 - 12:35

Bex Wheeler

Social Media County Lines Intelligence Practitioner, Surrey Police

12:35 - 12:55

Spotlight Session: Improving Support for Victims of Exploitation

  • Best practice in supporting young people who have been exploited through county lines
  • Developing a trauma-informed approach to supporting victims of county lines
  • Breaking the cycle of crime and supporting victims through education and employment
Live Q&A
12:45 - 12:55
Sosa Henkoma

Sosa Henkoma

Expert by Experience in Child Criminal Exploitation

12:55 - 13:00

Chair's Closing Remarks

Evan Jones

Evan Jones

Director of Criminal Exploitation Development, St Giles Trust

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