Certificate in Understanding County Lines in Schools

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Certificate in Understanding County Lines in Schools

Duration: 65 mins (approx)

All staff should be aware of indicators, which may signal that children are at risk from, or are involved with, serious violent crime, including county lines. It’s essential that all staff who work with children and young individuals are aware of their safeguarding responsibilities and know how to respond when faced with issues around county lines and criminal exploitation.

Our Essential CPD course on county lines provides you and your staff with the core content you need to ensure you are able to tackle criminal exploitation effectively. Delivered in high-quality video CPD format that has been skilfully organised for busy workloads and is accessible on any device, anytime, anywhere, our county lines training has been designed to provide maximum learning potential in the leanest, most cost effective and most time-efficient manner.

Delivered by subject matter expert Rhiannon Sawyer, the course contains links to further learning, resources and activities throughout, with knowledge tests and assessments to help you evidence your county lines training compliance.

Designed in line with the following policies

  • Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE)

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the term ‘county lines’ and its meaning in the context of education and the wider community
  • Understand criminal exploitation origins, background and contributors
  • Practical safeguarding frameworks and ways to protect pupils from county lines criminal abuse
  • Overview of various prevention strategies and further reference points for SMTs and Designated Safeguarding Officers

Course Units


This CPD certified course will help you to better understand your roles and responsibilities in relation to County Lines. It is aimed at governors, senior leaders and members of school staff who work in all school settings, from early years through t...

Module 1: Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE) & County Lines

In module 1, you will learn about the definitions of Child Criminal Exploitation and county lines. You will learn about different slang terms used for county lines, how organised drugs gangs operates, how they build networks and where children fit in...

Module 2: Criminal Exploitation & Grooming

Module 2 will provide learners with examples of criminal exploitation and explore the ways in which children may be groomed. It will also discuss locations of where grooming takes place, signs to look out for in respect of criminal exploitation and c...

Module 3: Vulnerable Adults & County Lines

In module 3 you will learn more about how county lines becomes established in a local area and how vulnerable adults are targeted in order for gangs to establish a base.

Module 4: Preventing & Intervening with CSE

Module 4 will explore the responsibilities of school staff and the role they have to play around prevention and identification of CCE and county lines. It will look at forms of assessment as well as protection measures and how staff can provide suppo...

Module 5: Complex & Contextual Safeguarding

In module 5, you learn about the difference between complex and contextual safeguarding, including a review of case studies. In addition, learners will look at key notes and resources, what digital collateral is, what remote mothering is and consider...

Rhiannon Sawyer

About The Expert

Rhiannon Sawyer

Experienced safeguarding expert for the Children's Society working with vulnerable children.
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