- (Workshop Leader) Dr Simon Harding, Professor of Criminology, University of West London
- Superintendent Andy O’Connor, Force County Lines Lead, Merseyside Police
- Chief Inspector Daryl Lyon, Central Integrated Offender Management – Criminal Justice Service, West Midlands Police
- Emma Tovey, Principal, Barton Hill Academy
- Callum Hutchinson, Development Officer, Scottish VRU
- Andy Oliver, Headteacher, Holte School
- Jess Macdonald, Violence Against Women & Girls (VAWG) Lead, Redthread
- Dr Grace Robinson, Rights Lab Research Fellow in Modern Slavery and Perpetrators and Organised Crime, Nottingham University
Drug trafficking and the number of vulnerable children referred by councils in relation to modern slavery since the beginning of COVID-19* lockdowns is on the rise. Therefore, disrupting county lines networks remains critical to safeguarding young people and communities across the UK
Westminster Insight’s timely County Lines Digital Workshop
will provide practical insights on how best to identify, prevent, and support individuals affected by gangs and county lines
We will explore how child criminal exploitation (CCE), county lines networks and criminal organisations have adapted to the pressures and opportunities presented by the COVID-19 pandemic
. You will hear updated perpetrator profiles and indicator models enabling you to ensure early intervention and intelligence initiatives remain effective.
West Midlands Police will share their experience of disrupting county line networks through intelligence-led policing and inter-agency collaboration
. CS Daryl Lyon will explore how to combat a culture of risk aversion to enable effective information sharing, drive multi-agency partnerships and support intelligence-led interventions
This event will also feature the first-hand lived experience
of an individual personally involved in county lines and showcase best practice in identifying and supporting those often falling under the radar – girls and young women affected by gangs, county lines and sexual exploitation
Join us to hear from leaders within primary and secondary schools on how to collaborate effectively with parents, law enforcement and child protection services to safeguard children and young people
in and beyond the school grounds. You will learn how different organisations fit within the wider context of child protection responses and receive best practice on how and when to escalate the support.
About Your Workshop Leader:
Dr Simon Harding is a Professor at the University of West London, with his recent work focusing on urban street gangs within the UK
. He currently works for the Research Centre for Cybercrime and Security specialising in urban street gangs, dangerous dogs, acid attacks and youth criminality.
Simon has extensive practitioner and professional experience in criminology, crime reduction and community safety with a long career covering the Home Office, various local authorities and housing. Alongside writing numerous strategies and reports, he co-invented Acceptable Behaviour Contracts (ABCs) which subsequently became Home Office policy
Having advised central government and UK law enforcement, Simon has cemented his expertise as an award winning author through the publication of four books – his latest being County Lines: Exploitation and Drug Dealing among Urban Street Gangs.
*Children's Society (2020)