Certificate in Understanding County Lines

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About The Course

Certificate in Understanding County Lines

Course Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

Child exploitation and drugs trafficking are illegal throughout the UK. All school staff should be aware of indicators that children are at-risk from, or are involved in, serious violent crime, including county lines, as part of their statutory safeguarding duties.

This course provides you with the knowledge and skills to understand, identify and support children who may be vulnerable to exploitation and at risk of being recruited into county lines.

Delivered by former county drugs coordinator and DSL, Hazel Parkinson, the course has been split into bite-size modules and has been designed to provide maximum learning potential in the leanest, most cost-effective and time-efficient manner. It has been produced in high-quality remote video CPD format which is accessible on any device, anytime, anywhere.

Please note: The course consists of learning through video, task completion and further reading/research. Please consider this when planning and allocating your time. To successfully understand and achieve the objectives from the course, learners are expected to engage in all aspects of the learning process and complete all relevant activities to ensure they can successfully apply the knowledge and skills they have gained in their own setting.

Designed in-line with the following policies:

  • Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE)

Learning Objectives

  • Understanding the meaning of the term “county lines”, how children are often targeted and the impact it can have on their lives.
  • Identifying the methods used by county lines gangs to criminally exploit children and by extension, recognising how to combat these methods.
  • Recognising the signs that children may be involved in county lines activity and steps to take if you suspect a child may be being criminally exploited.
  • Understanding how best to support and safeguard children against criminal exploitation and county lines activity.
  • Gaining an appreciation for the impact of technology and COVID-19 on county lines activity and how criminal gangs have adapted their tactics. 

Course Units

Introduction

Delivered by former county drugs coordinator and DSL, Hazel Parkinson, the course has been split into bite-size modules and has been designed to provide maximum learning potential in the leanest, most cost-effective and time-efficient manner.

Module 1: What are county lines?

In this module, you will learn about the definitions of county lines and child criminal exploitation, as well as how county lines drug gangs operate and their usual methods for recruiting children.

Module 2: Technology and county lines

In module 2, you will learn about the role of technology in county lines, such as smart phones and social media, and how it can be used for the purposes of exploitation, grooming and selling drugs.

Module 3: Statistics and current trends

In this module, you will learn more about the national picture surrounding county lines activity in more depth and consider some statistics and trends that highlight the nature of the problem.

Module 4: County lines and COVID-19

In module 4, you will consider the impact of COVID-19 and government restrictions on county lines activity and how criminal networks have had to adapt their tactics, making it harder for police to intervene.

Module 5: Recruitment tactics

This module will explore recruitment tactics used by county lines gangs including who they target, how they target them, what they are recruited for and how this whole process takes place.

Module 6: County lines and knife crime

Module 6 will address the correlation between county lines gangs and knife violence, as well as what other forms of violence are used by these criminal organisations.

Module 7: Supporting and protecting pupils

This module will cover what warning signs to look out for that may indicate a child is involved in county lines and what steps to take if you are worried that a child is being exploited.

Module 8: Summary and further support

The final module will provide a summary review of the course, key things to remember and signpost further sources of information and support.

Hazel Parkinson

About The Expert

Hazel Parkinson

Former county-drugs coordinator, DSL and pastoral manager with 20+ years’ senior leadership experience.
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