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Perspectives of volunteers and professionals working County Lines

Mills, S. and Unwin, Peter ORCID: (2020) Perspectives of volunteers and professionals working County Lines. Youth & Policy. ISSN 2057-4266


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Over recent years there has been growing concern regarding children and young people being exploited by criminal gangs who are involved in trafficking drugs and other illegal trade between different geographic locations. The recent manifestations of this phenomenon have become known as ‘County Lines’ (Home Office, 2018, p.2), a phenomenon by which gangs and organised criminal networks trade illegal drugs to across different towns and cities within the UK. Children and vulnerable adults are exploited through the dedicated use of mobile phones, coercion, intimidation, violence and weapons. Reports such as the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Runaway and Missing Children and Adults (2017) and the National Crime Agency (NCA) (2017) help raise awareness and highlight the dangers to children and young people, but at a practice level there has been little collation of best practice approaches. Despite these guidelines, each professional discipline and voluntary/faith organisation has their own approach to understanding and responding to the challenges of County Lines, raising questions about the efficacy of interdisciplinary safeguarding, which the present study was designed to explore.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: county lines, crime, multi-agency, youth offending
Divisions: College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences > School of Allied Health and Community
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Copyright Info: Open Access journal
Depositing User: Peter Unwin
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2020 16:20
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2021 04:00

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