County lines is a term used to describe gangs and organised criminal networks involved in exporting illegal drugs into one or more importing areas within the UK, using dedicated mobile phone lines or other form of “deal line”. They are likely to exploit children and vulnerable adults to move and store the drugs and money and they will often use coercion, intimidation, violence and weapons.
County lines is a major threat to young people and vulnerable adults throughout England, Scotland and Wales, that is expanding and progressing at fast pace. With a growing number of County Lines operating throughout
England and Wales putting thousands of young people and vulnerable adults at risk.
More information about County Lines operations for parents and carers can be found by downloading this leaflet:
A 10 minute video created in partnership with Sketchups discussing the County Lines methodology and how this is impacting Children and Vulnerable adults can be found here: