Event Summary

The rising cost of living crisis is being used by organised criminals to exploit those struggling to make ends meet and expand recruitment for County Lines.

Westminster Insight’s timely County Lines Conference provides practical insights on how best to disrupt drug supply routes, bring criminals to justice and safeguard victims of child criminal exploitation.

Keep up to date with the evolving nature of County Lines and understand the latest research into how criminals are adapting their strategies to avoid detection.

Hear directly from young people with experience of County Lines drug smuggling and gang involvement, to gain an insider’s insight into the mechanisms of drug lines and how to provide effective exit strategies.

County Lines Police Force Leads from three different areas will share the latest tactics to effectively detect drug lines, disrupt gang activity and pursue and prosecute offenders.  

Hear from frontline services working with vulnerable young people and adults including schools, youth services, social services and housing, about how to identify exploitation and intervene at an early opportunity to divert young people away from gangs and prevent cuckooing. A spotlight session will focus on safeguarding looked after children who are disproportionately targeted by County Lines gangs.

Take away ideas from a case study of collaboration between health services, local authorities and police, providing enhanced services for substance users to reduce the supply and demand of drugs to disrupt County Lines.

Key Points

  • An update on current perpetrator models and the changing patterns of County Line activity
  • Lessons learnt from nationwide crackdowns on County Lines
  • Disrupting County Line networks through intelligence-led policing and inter-agency collaboration
  • Understanding the engagement factors that attract children and young people into gang culture
  • Exploring the methods used to groom, recruit and exploit young people
  • Identifying children at risk of exploitation and training all staff to recognise the early warning signs
  • Preventing and intervening with residents at risk of cuckooing
  • Safeguarding looked after children from County Lines involvement
  • Working in partnership with health services to reduce the demand for drugs to impact County Lines