Cumbria Police has made significant headway over the last two years in preventing and tackling county lines.
Education has been a key part of the Police strategy to drive out county lines. Paul Cavagin, serious and organised crime prevention officer from Cumbria Police, explains more:
How did you get involved in developing County Lines schools’ material with The Clewer Initiative?
The Deputy Head of a Pupil Referral Unit asked me if I knew of any county lines resources suitable for young people. I was conscious that speaking to teenagers would require totally different language and content to what I use with adults and as I looked around, there didn’t seem to be any suitable resources.
Initially I was directed towards The Clewer Initiative by a colleague due to the work they were doing in combating Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking and County Lines. As a result, I attended a Breaking County Lines (BCL) course. I wasn’t the average delegate on a BCL course as I work in the field every day and know a lot about current trends, and issues, but I was impressed by The Clewer’s training materials. I provided some input on how the team could adapt the BCL material so it would be suitable for a secular audience such as the police and then I asked if they would consider writing something for secondary schools. Together we have created three lesson plans - the resources include all the information a teacher would need including handouts, links to films, PowerPoints, activities, and case studies.