What is community resilience?
Community resilience can sound a bit technical.
According to the dictionary, “community resilience is the sustained ability of communities to withstand, adapt to, and recover from adversity.”
As Hilary Lines explains in the film: “in essence, it means creating communities that are aware and feel safe and include all their members.”
The Clewer Initiative is founded on a community resilience approach – we believe that modern slavery can only be eliminated at a community level where relationships are strong and where individuals are looking out for their neighbours' welfare.
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What is county lines?
In film 2, we hear the story of a girl drawn into county lines before her family can intervene. County lines involves the supply of illegal drugs from large urban areas to smaller cities, towns and provincial locations using dedicated mobile phones, known as deal lines, to take orders. Criminal gangs frequently target children and vulnerable adults to facilitate the county lines, manipulating and coercing them into drug trafficking and distribution. Young women are sometimes specifically recruited because they less are likely to attract suspicion from law enforcement.
Breaking County Lines
By strengthening relationships within a community, we can help discourage the presence of county lines activity. There are many different things we can do to build community resilience – all of them take time, effort and perseverance. On The Clewer Initiative’s Breaking County Lines course, we think in detail about county lines and practical steps communities can take to grow in resilience.
In film 2, we saw how modern slavery affects a whole family. Sometimes parents, grandparents, foster carers and teachers can be unaware that county lines’ gangs are targeting children in their midst. For this reason, we have developed a range of county lines’ seminars for different groups.