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Gangs and Youth Violence

County lines refers to how criminal / urban gangs supply drugs to suburban areas and market and coastal towns. These gangs frequently exploit children and vulnerable adults to courier drugs and money. Some vulnerable adults have their homes taken over by the gangs using force, this is called cuckooing.

The Home Office has updated its County Lines guidance to help the police and other frontline staff, particularly those who work with children, young people and adults at risk. The guidance helps to identify potential victims of this type of criminal exploitation. It sets out the signs to look for in potential victims.

This allows staff to take the required action so that potential victims get the support and help they need


County Lines Guidance
County Lines awareness raising materials

Materials for the social housing sector are currently being developed and will be available shortly.​​​

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