Help, advice and training
Criminal Exploitation and county line gangs is not a new issue and like sexual exploitation, it is a significant child protection issue. What is new and evolving is the emerging recognition of the impact and risk of harm this type of exploitation has to the child. However, particularly in the south west of the UK, there appears to be very little knowledge around county lines and child exploitation and the awareness around the significant rise in county line gangs coming to rural towns in the south west.
Escapeline have worked very closely with victims of criminal exploitation and county line gangs and through intensive training from leading experts in London, they have built significant skill and knowledge around child exploitation.
Escapeline is offering training on county line gangs, trafficking, child and sexual exploitation to educate staff, health professionals, students, police, foster carers, parent groups and children's services.
Escapeline is also offering interactive workshops to young people in schools, as well as parent support workshops.
Recent news (February 2019) from the Home Office:
Ofsted should radically change its approach to how it assesses schools to stop vulnerable children from being lured into
dealing drugs as part of the so-called county lines crisis, according to a report commissioned by the Home Office.
To read more, please click on the link here.
Parents and carers workshops on Child and Criminal Exploitation and County Line gangs. One or Two hour interactive workshop. On completion of the workshop, parents and carers will:
Have better understanding of the term county line gangs, child, sexual and criminal exploitation.
Able to identify signs of a child/ young person being groomed and exploited by gangs.
Understanding how gangs work and recruit young people.
What to do if your child is being exploited, including if they go missing.
What to do to prevent my child from being exploited.
There are also local support groups for parents whose child or children are being exploited by gangs.
Interactive workshops that suit each year group from year 6 to year 9 on child exploitation. There are two different courses on offer. They are: 2 hours sessions
Understanding county lines and the dangers of recruitment and keeping yourself safe from harm
Understanding child sexual exploitation and keeping yourself safe
Understanding child sexual exploitation and keeping yourself safe Once pupils have completed the four week course either on a 1-1 or group work basis they will have the knowledge and understanding of:
Girls involved in gangs and sexual exploitation
What is sexual exploitation and how it is linked to gang culture and criminal exploitation.
The different grooming models
Consent and identifying if you are being sexually exploited
How to keep yourself safe from sexual exploitation
Where to get help if you are identify being sexually exploited
Identify signs and risk of Child Sexual Exploitations
Escapeline have worked closely with schools and identified a significant rise in young people being involved in criminal and sexual exploitation resulting in them being expelled from school and un achieving.
It is recommended that the staff training and pupil workshops are used in conjunction with each other to ensure maximum benefit and better understanding within the school setting.
The workshops are intended to help educate young people to identify the dangers, risk and consequences of getting involved in county line gangs and exploitation. This should hopefully prevent young people getting involved in gang culture and instead encourage school engagement and attendance to enable young people to aspire and achieve their full potential.