This event is hosted by Children in Wales.

Child criminal exploitation: County lines, knife crime & child sexual exploitation

09:30 – 16:00

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 excitement soon turning to isolation and fear.

Course aims:

  • 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