County Lines

  • Gangs 'one step ahead' of authorities

    15 April 2021

    Criminal gangs that exploit children are ‘one step ahead of authorities,’ mandarins have told peers investigating efforts to protect vulnerable young people.

  • Authorities missed chance to help murdered County Lines teen

    27 May 2020

    A lack of information sharing meant authorities missed an opportunity to intervene in the case of a teenage County Lines victim months before he was murdered.

  • Redesigning collaboration along County Lines

    31 March 2020

    Ian Blackhurst explains why local authorities, the police and partner agencies need to share information dynamically and in real time to tackle county lines.

  • All-round safety for our children

    15 October 2019

    Dez Holmes explains the role of the recently-launched programme to support children’s services to tackle child exploitation in all its forms.

  • The war against County Lines

    01 October 2019

    Paul Marinko looks at how local authorities are tackling the scourge of County Lines – and finds that the dexterity of gangs in adapting to agencies’ responses makes a ‘monumental task’ even harder.