• Bringing drug debt into the spotlight

    15 March 2022

    To coincide with National Child Exploitation Awareness Day, Waltham Forest LBC is releasing a powerful training video about drug debt produced by its children’s service and local young people. Daniel Phelps explains.

  • The partnership making Redbridge safer

    08 March 2022

    Cllr Jas Athwal highlights the key findings of an independent Community Crime Commission investigation and sets out how Redbridge LBC is acting on its recommendations.

  • A whole-system approach to tackle the blight of drug abuse

    07 December 2021

    Minister for Rough Sleeping and Housing Eddie Hughes reflects on the Prime Minister’s announcement today on the launch of a 10-year Drugs Strategy, and the need to work closely with councils.

  • Joined-up action to aid street-based lives

    14 September 2021

    Calderdale’s trauma-based response to Burnt Bridges? is an example of why focusing on place-based working between health, councils and voluntary organisations matters, say Robin Tuddenham and Marianne Huison.

  • ‘Off-grid’ children at risk from county lines

    09 August 2021

    Former children’s commissioner Anne Longfield has warned exclusions are likely to rise next month when schools reopen, which could lead to more children being exploited by county lines gangs.

  • Caring for complex issues

    02 March 2021

    A Stockport MBC project working with adults with complex drug and alcohol issues won the council the top accolade for Public Health Improvement in The MJ Achievement Awards 2020. Ann McGauran looks at the work and its outcomes.

  • Rough sleepers to get extra support for drug and alcohol dependency

    14 December 2020

    Extra funding will be given to 43 areas across England to help rough sleepers recover from drug and alcohol misuse.

  • Casting light on a dark problem

    25 November 2020

    An innovative integrated approach to tackling drug-related harm in Blackpool is achieving promising early results – but significant challenges remain on funding, commissioning cycles and data. Ann McGauran reports.

  • Patel pledges £20m to 'roll up' County Lines

    02 October 2019

    The home secretary’s announcement of a £20m package to tackle County Lines drugs gangs has received a mixed reaction.

  • 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.

  • Directors dismiss 'recruiting sergeants' claim

    17 September 2019

    Children’s services directors have dismissed as ‘wholly inappropriate’ MPs’ claims that councils are acting as inadvertent ‘recruiting sergeants’ for drugs gangs.

  • More joined up approach is needed from central Government to tackle county lines

    03 July 2019

    Central Government departments work in silos on tackling serious violence and county lines and need to work together ‘in a more smart way’, says a council expert.