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United Kingdom. Home Office. [Home Office UK] (2017) Criminal exploitation of children and vulnerable adults: County Lines guidance. London: Home Office. 7 p.

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County lines is the UK police term for urban gangs supplying drugs to suburban areas and market and coastal towns using dedicated mobile phone lines or “deal lines”. It involves child criminal exploitation (CCE) as gangs use children and vulnerable people to move drugs and money. Gangs establish a base in the market location, typically by taking over the homes of local vulnerable adults by force or coercion in a practice referred to as ‘cuckooing’.

County lines is a major, cross-cutting issue involving drugs, violence, gangs, safeguarding, criminal and sexual exploitation, modern slavery, and missing persons; and the response to tackle it involves the police, the National Crime Agency, a wide range of Government departments, local government agencies and VCS (voluntary and community sector) organisations. County lines activity and the associated violence, drug dealing and exploitation has a devastating impact on young people, vulnerable adults and local communities.

This guidance is intended to explain the nature of this harm to enable practitioners to recognize its signs and respond appropriately so that potential victims get the support and help they need.


Item Type:Evidence resource
Publication Type:Guideline
Drug Type:Alcohol, Alcohol or other drugs in general, Cannabis
Intervention Type:AOD disorder harm reduction, Crime prevention
Source:Home Office UK
Date:July 2017
Pages:7 p.
Publisher:Home Office
Corporate Creators:United Kingdom. Home Office
Place of Publication:London
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Subjects:MM-MO Crime and law > Crime > Substance related crime > Crime associated with substance production and distribution
MM-MO Crime and law > Substance related offence > Drug offence > Illegal transportation of drugs (smuggling / trafficking)
MM-MO Crime and law > Substance related offence > Drug offence > Illegal distribution of drugs (drug market / dealing)
MM-MO Crime and law > Criminality > Youth (juvenile) offending
MM-MO Crime and law > Crime prevention
MM-MO Crime and law > Justice system > Community anti-crime or legal assistance programme > Community policing
MM-MO Crime and law > Justice system > Law enforcement agency > Police (Garda)
T Demographic characteristics > Child
T Demographic characteristics > Adolescent / youth (teenager / young person)
VA Geographic area > Europe > United Kingdom

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