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Breaking County Lines

Did you know that county lines is a form of modern slavery? Do you know who the victims are, how are they caught up and why they can’t escape?

County lines is fast becoming one of the most prevalent forms of modern slavery in the UK.

Drugs gangs make huge profits from exploiting the most vulnerable - usually children and young people - who are targeted, groomed, manipulated and coerced into drug trafficking and distribution.

Sadly, the very nature of county lines - using children and young people to move drugs out of cities and into smaller towns and communities - means that it is happening all around the country in communities of all types.

Through our work with the Hidden Voices program, county lines stood out as a subject in need of direct focus. Groups saw it as a growing problem in their areas, they were highly motivated to find ways of responding to it, but they felt they needed a deeper understanding of the whole issue. So, Breaking County Lines was born.

About Breaking County Lines

Designed as a resource to enable churches and communities to understand and raise awareness of the scale of the problem and spot the signs of its presence. It also looks at ways of building resilience in our communities with an emphasis on the protection of children, young people and vulnerable adults. Breaking County Lines is written in four modules including digital stories based on personal experience, group activities, supporting information and biblical reflections.

The modules cover: Understanding County Lines; Detection of County Lines; Protecting Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults; and, Building Resilience.

We hope that by using this resource you will feel informed, inspired and ready to take some action in your communities.

Online courses

We Breaking County Lines Train the Trainer courses for those who want to take the course out to their own communities as well as practitioner forums for those who have already attended the county lines courses.

Courses are available for church groups and for statutory organisations and agencies with adapted course materials for each type of group (both secular and faith materials are available). Online courses take place over three 2-hour sessions covering the four course modules: Understanding County Lines; Detection of County Lines; Protecting Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults; and Building Resilience.

The sessions make use of videos and other online resources to gain an understanding of county lines, how it operates in our communities and what we can do to respond.

If you would like to find out more about the courses and upcoming course dates, please email us at: clewerinitiative@churchofengland.org

The Clewer Initiative owns the intellectual property rights of all training materials which are available through attendance on one of our courses, or downloadable from our website, including but not limited to: text, artwork, drawings, designs, video and audio.

Whilst materials are primarily designed for church use, we allow groups and organisations to use our materials as freely as possible subject to the following conditions: use and copying of the materials is for non-commercial purposes; you acknowledge that The Clewer Initiative owns the intellectual property rights in all use of the materials; you do not copy, develop or modify any materials without the express written permission of The Clewer Initiative via clewerinitiative@churchofengland.org.

We reserve the right to withdraw or withhold permission to use, copy, develop or modify our materials at any time.

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