This month the spotlight is on County Lines, a dangerous tactic used by criminal gangs to expand their drug dealing operations to areas outside of their usual localities. Various crimes are committed using this tactic, including the exploitation of young people as young as 12 years old by using them to transport and sell drugs.
This month the Home Office unveiled a new guidance document for professionals from a wide range of sectors who work with children, young people and vulnerable adults. The purpose of the guidance is to explain the dangerous and exploiting nature of County Lines activity in order to enable practitioners to recognise the signs and respond appropriately. Ultimately, the aim is to ensure that potential victims get the help and support they might need.
This month Fearless also attended the screening of a new short film that covers this topic. The film not only highlights the harrowing experiences of young victims involved in County Lines, but also the effects it can have on their families. Watch the trailer for the film here.
We have updated the Fearless website with more information for youth professionals working to tackle this issue and you can read about it here.