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Understanding New Methods of Child Criminal Exploitation

There were 12,720 children identified by social services as being at risk of child criminal exploitation by gangs between March 2021-2022. In this video, Abbee McLatchie, Director of Youth Work at the National Youth Agency discusses some of the challenges young people face which make them vulnerable to criminal exploitation and how services can better engage with them to provide support.

Preventing Child Exploitation: Identifying Vulnerable Young People and Intervening Early

Over 12,500 children in England were identified as being at risk of criminal exploitation in March 2020-21. Alex Bridge, Service Manager at Southend Borough Council, shares how the ‘See the Signs’ campaign has raised local community awareness of child exploitation to improve early intervention responses from councils and protect at risk individuals.

Children in Care: Reducing the Risk of Children in Care going Missing

Over 1 in 8 children in care go missing every year. They are at risk of criminal and sexual exploitation, and when they return, are often put in secure accommodation. We heard from the National Youth Advocacy Service about why secure accommodation isn’t always the best option and why open communication can be the best way forward in these situations.

Gangs and County Lines: An Overview

County lines is a form of criminal exploitation in which criminals groom and manipulate children into drug dealing. Many young people end up involved in violent crime as a result. This infographic gives an overview of the current statistics around county lines, gang involvement and violent crime in the UK.

Missing the Point: Reducing the Risk of Children in Care going Missing

Children in care are more likely to be reported missing than other children. This leaves them vulnerable to criminal and sexual exploitation. This article explores what the National Youth Advocacy Service is doing to ensure looked after children don't go missing.

Why Gangs, Violence and Weapon Crime is on the Rise and What to do About it?

Professor Simon Harding of the University of West London discusses gangs, knives and youth violence, why it is on the rise and what to do about it.

Combatting Gangs, Violence & County Lines: Drugs, Exploitation and Harm Reduction

Jason Kew, Detective Chief Inspector of Thames Valley VRU spoke to us about the work they've been doing to spot and prevent exploitation, and reduce drug-related harm.

Combatting Gangs, Violence & County Lines: Preventing and Reducing Violence through Place-Based Interventions

Speaking at our conference on tackling county lines gang violence, Karina Wane of the London VRU spoke through the role of place-based interventions.

County Lines Gangs: Tackling Exploitation with Mentoring

Emily Aklan, Founder and Chief Executive of Serenity Welfare, discusses the exploitation of children and grooming by county lines gangs.

Tackling Gangs, Violence and Weapon Crime: Operation Sycamore, Getting Knives off the Streets

Rebecca Statham, Campaign and Engagement Team Leader, and Detective Inspector Roger Edwards, of Greater Manchester Police, speak about Operation Sycamore and taking knives off the streets at the Tackling Gangs, Violence and Weapon Crime Conference 2020.

Tackling Gangs, Violence and Weapon Crime: Discussion with Becky Fedia and Geoff Thompson

Becky Fédia, National Programme Manager, Disrupting Exploitation Programme at The Children’s Society and Geoff Thompson MBE, Founder and Chair of Youth Charter take audience questions.

Tackling Gangs, Violence and Weapon Crime: A Multi-Agency Response to Organised Crime and Disrupting Gangs

Chief Inspector Ben Ewart of Greater Manchester Police speaks about the benefits of a multi-agency response to organised crime at the Tackling Gangs, Violence and Weapon Crime Conference 2020.

Tackling Gangs, Violence and Weapon Crime: Preventing Children from being Exploited by County Lines Gangs

Becky Fédia, National Programme Manager, Disrupting Exploitation Programme at The Children’s Society speaks about child criminal exploitation at the Tackling Gangs, Violence and Weapon Crime Conference 2020.

Tackling Gangs, Violence and Weapon Crime: Inspiring Young People to Turn Away from Gang Crime

Geoff Thompson MBE, Founder and Chair of Youth Charter speaks about inspiring young people to turn away from Gangs at the Tackling Gangs, Violence and Weapon Crime Conference 2020.

Tackling Gangs, Violence and Weapon Crime: Tackling County Lines, Violence and Exploitation

Mick McNally, Senior Advisor on Violence Reduction at the Ministry of Justice discusses county lines, violence and exploitation at Tackling Gangs, Violence and Weapon Crime Conference 2020.

Tackling Gangs, Violence and Weapon Crime: From Murder Capital of Europe to a Role Model for London

Niven Rennie, Director of the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit discusses Glasgow's transition from 'murder capital of Europe to a role model for London' at the Tackling Gangs, Violence and Weapon Crime Conference 2020.

Tackling Gangs, Violence and Weapon Crime: Discussion with Niven Rennie & Ben Ewart

Niven Rennie, Director of the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit, and Chief Inspector Ben Ewart of Greater Manchester Police take audience questions at the Tackling Gangs, Violence and Weapon Crime Conference 2020.

Is Gang Crime a Result of Political and Social Environments?

What do we mean when we talk of 'gangs' and 'gang crime'? Dr Lambros Fatsis of the University of Brighton spoke to us about what these terms mean in political and social contexts.

Preventing Gang Involvement Through Sharing Lived Experience

In this interview Hanif Mohammed, Operations Manager at In2Change, explains how lived experience can be used in education to deter young people away from gangs and criminal activity.

Back to School? Breaking the Link between School Exclusions and Knife Crime

An All-Party Parliamentary Group on Knife Crime report on the link between school exclusions and knife crime.