Posted on: 25th April 2019
You may well have heard of “County Lines” which has been in the news considerably lately.
County Lines is a term used to describe gangs and organised criminal networks involved in exporting drugs into rural areas, such as Sudbury, from larger cities, using dedicated mobile ‘phone lines or other forms of “deal line”.
❌ These gangs are likely to exploit children and vulnerable adults to move and store drugs and money. They will use coercion, intimidation, violence including sexual violence and weapons.❌
Sessions will be delivered at the Academy to ensure students are aware of their potential vulnerability and how to stay safe, how the grooming process works and where to go for help. We will also include information on knife crime due to the surge in this nationally recently.
If you are concerned at all about your son’s or daughter’s social activity or people they might be associating with please don’t hesitate to contact us at the Academy for advice and support.
If you require any further information please consider accessing the Suffolk Safeguarding Children’s board, where you will find extensive links to further information and organisations offering help and support.
Further, helpful information may be accessed from these websites/organisations:
◾Government advice to parents and carers
◾The Children’s Society – Criminal exploitation and county lines resources – available in 14 different languages
◾Gangsline – Confidential helpline: 0800 032 9538
◾Family Lives – Confidential helpline: 0808 800 2222
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