County lines – Children forced to sell drugs

The BBC reports that about 4,000 teenagers from London are being exploited and trafficked every year to sell drugs in rural towns and cities. Known as “county lines”, gangs use children as young as 12 to traffic drugs using dedicated mobile phones or “lines”.

Source: BBC  Date: 24 October 2017

Further information: Crossing the line: Britain’s teenage drug mules (File on 4; BBC Radio 4)

In response to this, Hampshire Safeguarding Children Partnership will be delivering a conference, in collaboration with its neighbouring LSCBs, on the criminal exploitation of children. This conference, designed for front-line professionals, will be held on 5 December 2017 in central Winchester.

The conference will include national and local speakers including: The Home Officer, Safer London, The University of Bedfordshire, Barnardo’s, local child exploitation teams and others.