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Safeguarding Children from County Lines Exploitation 2024

Tue, 24 Sep 2024

Virtual, Online

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“Child criminal exploitation is common in county lines and occurs where an individual or group takes advantage of an imbalance of power to coerce, control, manipulate or deceive a child or young person under the age of 18. The victim may have been criminally exploited even if the activity appears consensual. Child criminal exploitation does not always involve physical contact; it can also occur through the use of technology.”

Serious Violence Strategy

“You’ve got children whose families can’t afford school meals, and they are outside, hungry and cold. Someone in nice trainers turns up and gets them a burger or a warm coat. That’s often how they are being recruited.”

Sara Cunningham, Director, Diversify

As part of a continued focus on ending gang violence and exploitation, the government has updated guidance for frontline professionals on managing criminal exploitation in relation to county lines. It is essential that those working with vulnerable children and young adults are equipped with knowledge in this very complex area.

With the impact of the cost-of-living crisis being felt up and down the county, there are many more children becoming vulnerable to county lines drugs gangs. Join us for this one-day conference to hear from expert speakers, including those with lived experience, to help you to understand the risks as well as supporting you to identify and intervene where children and young people are at risk.

 Who should attend?

Any frontline workers in contact with vulnerable children and young people, including Social Workers, Teachers, Safeguarding Officers/Pastoral Leads, Charity/Voluntary Sector Workers, Medical Staff, Policy Makers

Learning Outcomes
This conference will enable you to:

  • Hear from lived experience speakers to help you to understand the reality of county lines exploitation

  • Explore the new government guidance on county lines

  • Understand the impact of new technologies criminal exploitation

  • Identify children and young people at heightened risk of exploitation into county lines

  • Take proactive action to support children most at risk 

  • Be clear on which behaviours can indicate involvement in county lines and be aware of early warning signs

  • Understand your obligations to respond to concerns regarding exploitation

  • Provide training to staff on the front line

  • Work effectively with other agencies, and understand the importance of communication and collaboration

Speakers include:

Karen Livesey

No Whispers

Ms Liz Bates

Independent Advisor, Trainer and Magistrate

Helena Wykes-Dart

Director & Co-Founder
Adolescent Safeguarding Consultancy

Exhibition & Sponsorship Packages

This conference offers a valuable opportunity for industry suppliers to personally meet with their target audience where they will have time to talk and demonstrate the benefits of their products. High quality specialist audiences make having a presence at our events a highly targeted and cost effective marketing channel.

Why Exhibit?

Having a presence at this event will give you the opportunity to:

  • Demonstrate your product, system or service
  • Network and engage with your key audience  
  • Generate new business leads
  • Gain exposure for your brand and raise the profile of your organisation
  • Understand the current needs of your audience and challenges they’re facing
  • Update your knowledge of national policy and local developments  


Contact Sarah Jane for exhibition and sponsorship prices, or to discuss a tailored package to suit your needs and budget.

Fee Options

Virtual NHS, Schools, Care and Public Sector



Virtual Voluntary sector & charities



Virtual Commercial organisations



(Prices in brackets include VAT)


Additional delegate discount:

A discount of 15% will be applied to fees for any extra delegates.

Online discount:

A discount of 10% will be applied if you pay using the website.

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