What is “The Serious Violence Strategy?”

  • FosterWiki
  • Author:Dominique Dunning
  • Published:2021
  • Country: United Kingdom

County Lines is a term used to describe ‘gangs and organised criminal networks involved in exporting illegal drugs into one or more importing areas within the UK, using dedicated mobile phone lines or other forms of ‘deal line’. They are likely to exploit children and vulnerable adults to move and store the drugs and money, and they will often use coercion, intimidation, violence (including sexual violence) and weapons.

In response to the increasing concerns and occurrences of county lines, the Serious Violence Strategy was published.

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County Lines is a serious form of exploitation and children who are looked after are statistically more likely to be at risk.
As a Foster Carer, you will need a specific training program to enable and empower you to:

  • Understand how County Lines operate.
  • How they groom vulnerable recruits.
  • How to recognise the signs.
  • How to respond and record.

As a Foster Carer if you have any concerns please contact your support worker who will be able to support you through the process of identifying training or signpost your concerns and support you as a carer so that you can support the young person.

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