Home Office – County Lines Guide for Partners

As part of the Government’s ongoing commitment to tackle serious and violent crime, the Home Office has relaunched its County Lines awareness-raising campaign.
Our campaign aims to raise awareness about County Lines among frontline staff, like teachers, health workers and those
working in the transport, housing and security sectors. It is these people who are most likely to encounter those young
people or individuals who are most at risk.
County Lines is the term used to describe urban gangs supplying drugs to suburban areas, as well as market and
coastal towns, by using dedicated mobile phone lines or “deal lines”.
Gangs use children and vulnerable people to move drugs and money to these areas. Once caught up in County Lines, exploited individuals are at risk of extreme physical and/or sexual violence, gang recriminations and trafficking.
Our campaign aims to raise awareness about County Lines among frontline staff, like teachers, health workers and those
working in the transport, housing and security sectors.
It is these people who are most likely to encounter those young people or individuals who are most at risk.
With the right knowledge, staff will know how to spot potential victims and report concerns anonymously to
Crimestoppers, or safeguard in line with their organisation’s safeguarding policy.
This campaign pack contains promotional social media images and posters that you can download to raise
awareness of County Lines to your staff, partners and the public.
It is part of the work the Home Office is doing to tackle County Lines, which is set out in the Serious Violence
Strategy.
Thank you in advance for your support in helping us tackle County Lines and protecting children and vulnerable adults.
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