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The School: County Lines Information

Updated: Fri 24 May 2019   Share: Share on facebookShare on TwitterShare on MySpaceShare by Email

Schools across the country and local authorities are growing increasingly concerned about the impact of “County Lines” on the young people in our area. This is a particular method of drug dealing which involves the exploitation of children and young people. 

The process involves a network of very manipulative adults who groom young people into drug dealing, the process is both criminal and often involves exposure to extreme violence. Grooming can involve befriending, giving expensive gifts such as trainers, clothes, mobile phones etc. Some gangs will target vulnerable children and offer food, housing and protection. Exploited children are made to feel special, respected and powerful. It feeds all the emotional needs of teenagers and the cycle can be extremely difficult to break. Both boys and girls can be targeted and some exploitation may also involve sexual violence.

Indications that a child may be involved in county lines are; having money they would not normally have or have no explanation for, having an extra/new phone, particularly a basic style phone (known as a “burner” phone), having new clothes or other items that they cannot explain. Coming home late, staying out or going missing would be an indication someone is wrong, as would be changes in personality, refusing to say who they are with or having new “friends” they won’t discuss or introduce you too.

As a school we are working hard to raise awareness of grooming and exploitation amongst our student population, helping them to understand the process and recognise the potential intentions of new people. If you have any concerns about your child or someone else’s, please contact Mrs Vinton, Inclusion manager and safeguarding lead or the local police for advice. 

For more information please see the attached leaflet or”

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