Key Points
  • Explore how gangs and county lines networks adapted during National lockdowns to ensure we evolve services and victim support
  • We will review intelligence-led policing and multi-agency working, that is disrupting county line networks
  • Learn how to develop trust-based cultures to effectively connect young people with aspiration futures
  • Examine best practice in educating students to safeguard children and young people in and beyond school settings
  • Deliver gendered responses to support girls and young women affected by county lines
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Overview
Expert Speakers:

  • (Workshop Leader) Dr Simon Harding, Professor of Criminology, University of West London
  • Superintendent Andy O’Connor, Force County Lines Lead, Merseyside Police
  • Chief Inspector Daryl Lyon, Central Integrated Offender Management – Criminal Justice Service, West Midlands Police
  • Emma Tovey, Principal, Barton Hill Academy
  • Callum Hutchinson, Development Officer, Scottish VRU
  • Andy Oliver, Headteacher, Holte School
  • Jess Macdonald, Violence Against Women & Girls (VAWG) Lead, Redthread
  • Dr Grace Robinson, Rights Lab Research Fellow in Modern Slavery and Perpetrators and Organised Crime, Nottingham University


Drug trafficking and the number of vulnerable children referred by councils in relation to modern slavery since the beginning of COVID-19* lockdowns is on the rise. Therefore, disrupting county lines networks remains critical to safeguarding young people and communities across the UK.

Westminster Insight’s timely County Lines Digital Workshop will provide practical insights on how best to identify, prevent, and support individuals affected by gangs and county lines.

We will explore how child criminal exploitation (CCE), county lines networks and criminal organisations have adapted to the pressures and opportunities presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. You will hear updated perpetrator profiles and indicator models enabling you to ensure early intervention and intelligence initiatives remain effective.

West Midlands Police will share their experience of disrupting county line networks through intelligence-led policing and inter-agency collaboration. CS Daryl Lyon will explore how to combat a culture of risk aversion to enable effective information sharing, drive multi-agency partnerships and support intelligence-led interventions.

This event will also feature the first-hand lived experience of an individual personally involved in county lines and showcase best practice in identifying and supporting those often falling under the radar – girls and young women affected by gangs, county lines and sexual exploitation.

Join us to hear from leaders within primary and secondary schools on how to collaborate effectively with parents, law enforcement and child protection services to safeguard children and young people in and beyond the school grounds. You will learn how different organisations fit within the wider context of child protection responses and receive best practice on how and when to escalate the support.

About Your Workshop Leader:

Dr Simon Harding is a Professor at the University of West London, with his recent work focusing on urban street gangs within the UK. He currently works for the Research Centre for Cybercrime and Security specialising in urban street gangs, dangerous dogs, acid attacks and youth criminality.

Simon has extensive practitioner and professional experience in criminology, crime reduction and community safety with a long career covering the Home Office, various local authorities and housing. Alongside writing numerous strategies and reports, he co-invented Acceptable Behaviour Contracts (ABCs) which subsequently became Home Office policy.

Having advised central government and UK law enforcement, Simon has cemented his expertise as an award winning author through the publication of four books – his latest being County Lines: Exploitation and Drug Dealing among Urban Street Gangs.

*Children's Society (2020)

Agenda
Start

08:30 - 09:40
Workshop Leader's Opening Remarks

 

Speakers

Dr Simon Harding Professor in Criminology, University of West London

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08:40 - 09:20
Exploring Child Criminal Exploitation, County Lines and Drugs Trafficking During National Lockdowns

 
  • Sharing insights into how county line networks have adapted drug trafficking practices and gang recruitment in relation to the pressures and opportunities presented by the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Reviewing current perpetrator models and county line indicators to ensure early intervention and intelligence initiatives remain effective
  • Exploring the impact of national lockdowns on vulnerable tenants and the practice of cuckooing
  • Discussing the challenges lockdown measures presented for face-to-face safeguarding and child exploitation risk assessments
  • Exploring our understanding of how girls and young women fit within the wider issue of county lines, gang networks, and sexual exploitation
09:05 – 09:20 Questions and Discussion

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Dr Grace Robinson Rights Lab Research Fellow in Modern Slavery and Perpetrators and Organised Crime, Nottingham University

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09:20 - 10:05
Disrupting County Line Networks Through Intelligence-Led Policing and Inter-Agency Collaboration

 
  • Expanding our understanding of county lines to include wider forms of child criminal exploitation and serious violence
  • Reviewing the successes and failures of The National Referral Mechanism (NRM) and the absence of an overarching national county lines strategy
  • Discussing the role and limitations of law enforcement within the matrix of safeguarding, child protection responses and the disruption of county line networks
  • Exploring the integral role schools and educators hold in delivering early interventions and supporting intelligence-led policing
  • Combating cultures of risk aversion around information sharing to enable effective identification of criminal exploitation, county line networks and potential victims of modern slavery
  • Exploring the opportunities offered by intensification weeks to disrupt county line networks, refer victims and safeguard vulnerable people
09:50 – 10:05 Questions and Discussion

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Chief Inspector Daryl Lyon Head of Integrated Offender Management, West Midlands Police

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10:05 - 10:20
Break

 

10:20 - 11:05
Identifying and Supporting Victims of County Lines Through Multi Agency Partnerships

 
  • Co-delivering services with local partners and researchers to develop a broad and effective coverage of services
  • Utilising real-life past experiences to empower individuals who are not getting the help they need
  • Building a trust-based culture with victims to improve service engagement, prevent re-victimisation and connect victims with aspirational futures
  • Building your organisations data sharing capabilities to prevent the siloing of information and support early intervention
  • Ensuring the use of appropriate language around issues of county lines to prevent victim blaming
  • Combating bias in police stop and search and referrals to effectively identify exploitation and improve access to support for female victims of exploitation
10:50 – 11:05 Questions and Discussion

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Superintendent Andy O'Connor Force County Lines Lead, Merseyside Police

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11:05 - 11:50
Case Study Panel: Safeguarding Children and Young People In and Beyond School Settings

 
  • Exploring how educators can effectively collaborate with law enforcement and child protection services to safeguard students
  • Understanding the indicators of exploitation to enable safeguarders to effectively identify victims county lines and child criminal exploitation
  • Limiting school exclusions and sharing best practice on how and when to escalate the intensity, level, and type of support
  • Discussing the differences, challenges, and solutions to supporting victims of grooming in primary and secondary settings
  • Educating students on the issues around CCE through awareness days and workshops to safeguard students beyond the school grounds
  • Exploring the lived experience of individuals affected by county lines, criminal child exploitation, and gang culture

Speakers

Chief Inspector Daryl Lyon Head of Integrated Offender Management, West Midlands Police

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Callum Hutchison Development Officer, Scottish VRU

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Andy Oliver Deputy Headteacher, Holte School

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Emma Tovey Principal, Barton Hill Academy

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11:50 - 12:30
Under the Radar: Supporting Girls and Young Women Affected by Gangs and County Lines

 
  • Exploring our understanding of how girls and young women fit within the wider issue of county lines, gang networks, and sexual exploitation
  • Delivering a gendered responsive approach to gang associated girls to improve service engagement
  • Expanding our language around county lines to be inclusive of girls and young women affected by gangs and county lines
  • Combating bias in stop and search and referrals to effectively identify exploitation and improve access to support for female victims of exploitation
12:15 – 12:30 Questions and Discussion

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Jess Macdonald Violence Against Women & Girls (VAWG) Lead, Redthread

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12:30 - 12:35
Workshop Leader’s Closing Remarks

 

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Dr Simon Harding Professor in Criminology, University of West London

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End

Speakers

Dr Simon Harding Professor in Criminology, University of West London

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Callum Hutchison Development Officer, Scottish VRU

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Chief Inspector Daryl Lyon Head of Integrated Offender Management, West Midlands Police

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Jess Macdonald Violence Against Women & Girls (VAWG) Lead, Redthread

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Superintendent Andy O'Connor Force County Lines Lead, Merseyside Police

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Andy Oliver Deputy Headteacher, Holte School

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Dr Grace Robinson Rights Lab Research Fellow in Modern Slavery and Perpetrators and Organised Crime, Nottingham University

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Emma Tovey Principal, Barton Hill Academy

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Venue details

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