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County Lines Exploitation – Gangs, Drugs and Wales



Start:
25.04.18 9:30 am
End:
25.04.18 4:30 pm

Venue:
Cardiff

Organiser:
Children in Wales

Price:
*: £95.00 – £135.00


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A One Day Course

County lines is the police term for urban gangs supplying drugs to suburban areas and market and coastal towns using dedicated mobile phone lines or “deal lines”. It involves child criminal exploitation (CCE) as gangs use children and vulnerable people to move drugs and money. Gangs establish a base in the market location, typically by taking over the homes of local vulnerable adults by force or coercion in a practice referred to as ‘cuckooing’.

County lines activity and the associated violence, drug dealing and exploitation has a devastating impact on young people, vulnerable adults and local communities.  It involves using children as drugs mules (carrying drugs for others), children being trafficked within the UK, the young people being trapped by drug use (dependence), debts owed to the gang leaders and or the threat of violence.  The young people can be drawn in through the allure of money, kinship and status, and do not recognise they are being groomed (often by other young people) or recognise their exploitation by others.  The glamour and exciting soon turning to isolation and fear.

Who is the course aimed at?

County lines is a major, cross-cutting issue involving drugs, violence, gangs, safeguarding, criminal and sexual exploitation, modern slavery, and missing persons; and the response to tackle it involves the police, the National Crime Agency, a wide range of Government departments, local government agencies and VCS (voluntary and community sector) organisations.  The course is aimed at being a full guide for practitioners working with young people in and leaving care; youth justice; substance misuse; supported accommodation and housing associations.

The course will cover

By the end of the course participants will have a greater understanding of:

  • The history of gangs
  • How county lines work
  • Gangs and the law
  • Current trends in substance misuse
  • Cuckooing
  • Child Sexual Exploitation
  • How to spot signs and symptoms
  • How to support young people
  • Referral routes

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CANCELLATIONS:
Cancellations can only be accepted in writing. Cancellations received three weeks before the date of the event will be refunded in full, less a £10 administration fee. No refunds can be made after this date, although substitutions can be made. Children in Wales reserves the right to alter event programmes at any time.