Key Points
  • Reviewing current perpetrator models and the changing patterns of county line activity
  • Disrupting county line networks through intelligence-led policing and inter-agency collaboration
  • Safeguarding those at risk of exploitation and supporting victims
  • Effective co-ordination of a multi-agency approach
  • Exploring the lived experience of individuals affected by county lines


Overview
Expert Speakers:

  • Chair: Professor Simon Harding, Professor of Criminology, and Director of the National Centre for Gang Research, University of West London
  • Superintendent Andy O’Connor, Force County Lines Lead, Merseyside Police
  • Kendra Houseman, Co-Founder, Out of the Shadows
  • Holly Finlayson, County Lines Pathfinder Programme Manager, Norfolk Council
  • Laura Hodgson, Projects Officer, Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner in Humberside
  • Clare Gollop, Director, West Midlands Violence Reduction Unit
  • Representative, Raleigh Learning Trust
  • Evan Jones, Head of Child Criminal Exploitation Development, St Giles Trust
  • Jo Sylvester, Community Resolution Team Leader, Ongo Homes
  • John Gilbert, Managing Director, eskimosoup


Covid 19 forced criminal networks to adapt their drug supply methods and patterns of county line activity. Now is the time to review evolving perpetrator models and deliver interventions to tackle offending and safeguard victims of county lines.

Join Westminster Insight’s Digital Conference to discover how to co-ordinate an effective multi-agency response to disrupt drug supply routes, bring criminals to justice and prevent victims of exploitation. You’ll hear from Merseyside Police about the latest strategies for the effective detection and enforcement of county lines criminal networks.

Gain insight from a person with direct experience of being groomed to run county lines and of recruiting others.

Hear from frontline services working with children and young people, including education providers, local authorities, PCCs, VRUs and the third sector, toidentify, protect and safeguard those at risk of gang activity or who are already being exploited.

Gain insight into the role that housing services and your local community play in identifying and protecting vulnerable adult tenants at risk of cuckooing.

This half-day event will be delivered live from a custom digital platform. Network with colleagues online and view the content on demand for 14 days after the event.

Agenda
Start

09:20 - 09:30
Chair’s Opening Remarks: Priorities for Tackling County Lines Activity

 

Speakers

Professor Simon Harding Director of the National Centre for Gang Research, University of West London

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09:30 - 10:00
Opening Address: Disrupting County Line Networks Through Intelligence-Led Policing and Inter-Agency Collaboration

 
  • Keeping up with changing county lines operating models and new models of exploitation 
  • Strategies to identify gangs and control drug running threats from multiple borders
  • Developing national intelligence, improving multi-agency coordination and prioritising action 
  • Exploring the opportunities offered by intensification weeks to disrupt county line networks 
  • Raising awareness of the signs of county lines and creating a platform for reporting
09:55 - 10:00 Questions and Discussion

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Superintendent Andy O'Connor Force County Lines Lead, Merseyside Police

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10:00 - 10:30
Learning From the Lived Experience

 
  • Understanding exploitation through the eyes of a child who was groomed into running a county line
  • What exploitation looks like for a child who was groomed to be both perpetrator and victim
10:20 - 10:30 Questions and Discussion

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Kendra Houseman Co-Founder, Out of the Shadows

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10:30 - 11:00
Networking Break

 

11:00 - 11:40
Panel Discussion: Early Intervention and Prevention for Children and Young People at Risk of County Lines Activity

 
  • Identifying groups at risk of exploitation 
  • Encouraging public sector organisations to work together to implement preventive measures 
  • Improving youth engagement skills to provide support to young people at risk
  • Raising awareness of the issues of child exploitation, the consequences of crime and county lines 
  • Working together with parents and families of vulnerable children and young people
  • Enhancing collaboration and referral pathways with law enforcement and child protection services 
  • Delivering positive activities and role models
11:30 - 11:40 Questions and Discussion

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Laura Hodgson Projects Officer, Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner in Humberside

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John Gilbert Managing Director, eskimosoup

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Holly Finlayson County Lines Pathfinder Programme Manager, Norfolk Council

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Representative Raleigh Learning Trust

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11:40 - 12:05
Supporting Exploited Children: Rescue and Response

 
  • Indicators of exploitation and identifying victims 
  • Helping young people to safely exit county lines involvement 
  • Using caseworkers with lived experience to offer intensive one-to-one support
  • Reconnecting exploited children and young people with their parents and families
  • Preventing re-victimisation, providing alternatives to criminalisation, and connecting victims with aspirational futures 
  • Supporting girls and young women affected by gangs and county lines
12:00 - 12:05 Questions and Discussion

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Evan Jones Head of Child Criminal Exploitation Development, St Giles Trust

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12:05 - 12:30
Identifying, Preventing and Supporting Victims of Cuckooing

 
  • Exploring the impact of national lockdowns on vulnerable tenants and the practice of cuckooing 
  • Improving the identification of cuckooed tenancies 
  • Demonstrating how vulnerable tenants can be protected 
  • Improving collaboration between social landlords, the police, social services and charities 
  • Raising awareness of cuckooing amongst the public and frontline workers
12:25 - 12:30 Questions and Discussion

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Jo Sylvester Community Resolution Team Leader, Ongo Homes

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12:25 - 12:50
Improving the Multi-Agency Approach to County Lines

 
  • Developing data and information to drive collective understanding and the operational response 
  • Establishing and sustaining a strong partnership response to preventing county lines
  • Early intervention and prevention measures
  • Ensuring there are routes out of exploitation
12:50 - 12:55 Questions and Discussion

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Clare Gollop Director, West Midlands Violence Reduction Unit

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12:55 - 13:00
Chair’s Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

 

End

Speakers

Representative Raleigh Learning Trust

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Holly Finlayson County Lines Pathfinder Programme Manager, Norfolk Council

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John Gilbert Managing Director, eskimosoup

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Clare Gollop Director, West Midlands Violence Reduction Unit

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Professor Simon Harding Director of the National Centre for Gang Research, University of West London

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Laura Hodgson Projects Officer, Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner in Humberside

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Kendra Houseman Co-Founder, Out of the Shadows

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Evan Jones Head of Child Criminal Exploitation Development, St Giles Trust

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Superintendent Andy O'Connor Force County Lines Lead, Merseyside Police

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Jo Sylvester Community Resolution Team Leader, Ongo Homes

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Venue details

Online Event Broadcast Live


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