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New County Lines training courses

5th April 2022 | County Lines

The Clewer Initiative

This Summer, The Clewer Initiative is running a number of County Lines Training courses. Some of them are brand new, such as our County Lines course for teachers and educators, others have been part of our repertoire for the last couple of years. Sign up today!

"The drugs gangs are like a virus, mutating and moving. I strongly feel that we need to build up children and young people so that they do not fall prey to gangs. By the time they are ensnared, it’s much, much harder to get back on a right path."

Attendee of Breaking County Lines forum

County Lines for Teachers and Educators

Teachers, educators and school staff play a key role in safeguarding the pupils in their care. County lines is a major, cross cutting issue which can involve drugs, violence, gangs, CSE, modern slavery and missing persons. The majority of victims are aged between 7 and 18.

In these two, 2-hour sessions, we will take the time to consider how county lines could be impacting pupils and what we can do to stop it. The sessions will guide participants through what county lines is, how the gangs operate, how to spot the signs, what to do if you have a suspicion and how to talk to young people about the issue. We will be presenting The Clewer Initiative's new resources for secondary schools to raise awareness of the issue with children and young people.

All secondary school teachers and educators are welcome on this course and we would especially encourage anyone who has a responsibility or interest in PSHE, pastoral care or safeguarding to attend. If you are from a primary school context, please keep an eye out for courses specific to you, which will be coming soon.

May Course:

Session 1: 6th May 16:00-18:00

Session 2: 13th May 16:00-18:00

June Course:

Session 1: 8th June 13:30-15:30

Session 2: 15th June 13:30-15:30

County Lines training for foster parents

Foster parents, families and carers play a key role in supporting some of the most vulnerable children in our society. County lines drugs gangs operate in all areas of our country. Only with information, awareness and action can we best help our young people, and their peers to avoid becoming involved.

In this county lines training session for foster parents, we will provide individuals and families who foster with a chance to learn more about how organised crime gangs work. We will look at how they target and trap young people across the country, the impact it can have on individuals, families and communities, as well as discussing how we can break the cycle of exploitation.

The session will cover; spotting the signs of county lines, adverse childhood experiences and information on how to support victims and potential victims. There will be an opportunity to contribute to discussion about what foster parents can do to help stop young people becoming involved.

Course 1: 29th April 10:00-12:00

Course 2: 20th May 10:00-12:00

Understanding County Lines for grandparents, parents and carers

This session is aimed at parents, grandparents and guardians of children and young people and will cover:

• What is county lines?
• Why should parents/grandparents/guardians be aware of the issue?
• How can we spot the signs?
• What can we do about county lines and how can we talk to our children about it?

26th May 10:00-11:00

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Breaking County Lines - Train the Trainer

In May and June, we are running two Breaking County Lines Train the Trainer courses to equip those looking to deliver Breaking County Lines training within their own communities.

Breaking County Lines Train the Trainer (Faith)

  • Session 1: 4th May 14:30-16:30
  • Session 2: 11th May 14:30-16:30
  • Session 3: 18th May 14:30-16:30

Breaking County Lines Train the Trainer (Secular)

  • Session 1: 10th June 10:00-12:00
  • Session 2: 17th June 10:00-12:00
  • Session 3: 24th June 10:00-12:00

Photos by Chandler Cruttenden and NeONBRAND on Unsplash

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