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Gangs & County Lines

Training Front-Line Staff to Improve Understanding of Child Criminal Exploitation

Almost 10,000 children were arrested for drug or weapon offences between 2019 and 2020, 15% of these children were first-time offenders aged 10-14. In this video, Derby City Council, Derbyshire County Council and Derbyshire police share how they have equipped staff to work in partnership between services, safeguarding children and preventing child criminal exploitation in a local and regional capacity.

Developing an Integrated Team Response to Prevent Child Criminal Exploitation

4,000 teenagers are being exploited criminally in London alone. In this video, Curtis Ashton, Acting Director at Young Islington shares how understanding the pyramid of gang crime involvement aids the development of a multi-agency approach to prevent child criminal exploitation.

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.

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.

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.

‘Hidden in Plain Sight’- The Ben Kinsella Trust

A Youth Work Response to Gangs and Exploitation during COVID-19.

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.

Children’s Commissioner: Keeping Kids Safe Report

This report from the Children's Commissioner investigates what it means to be a child gang member in England. 
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