County Lines


‘County lines’ is the police term for urban gangs supplying drugs to suburban areas, market and coastal towns using dedicated mobile phone lines or “deal lines”. Among young people it is known as 'going country'.  It involves child criminal exploitation (CCE) as gangs use children and vulnerable people to move drugs and money. County lines is a major, cross-cutting issue involving drugs, violence, gangs, safeguarding, criminal and sexual exploitation, modern slavery, and missing persons. Once caught up in County Lines, exploited individuals are at risk of extreme physical and/or sexual violence, gang recriminations and trafficking.

County lines activity and the associated violence, drug dealing and exploitation has a devastating impact on young people, vulnerable adults and local communities.

If you are concerned that a child is being criminally exploited - a 'County Lines' victim - whether from York or found in York, this is a safeguarding matter and you should follow normal safeguarding procedures: Concerned About a Child  

***NEW July 2019*** County Lines PODCAST Tim Champion from the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC)   
Home Office County Lines Partner Pack


Useful Links

North Yorkshire and York Criminal Exploitation and County Lines Guidance

More information and government guidance

Home Office Guidelines for Frontline Professionals

Updated November 2018 Home Office Guidelines

North Yorkshire Police County Lines PowerPoint

National Crime Agency advice

Two national joint inspection reports: Time to listen a joined up response to child sexual exploitation and missing children and Protecting children from criminal exploitation, human trafficking, modern slavery - addendum November 2018

The Children's Society website has resources, information including advice for parents and a Toolkit for professionals

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