Level 1 Child Criminal Exploitation and County Lines free course

In 2021, 27,000 children in England were identified as being involved in county lines.

Background to the issue

Evidence from the National Crime Agency shows that child criminal exploitation is increasing across all areas of the UK where children, due to their ease of manipulation and coercion, are being groomed and criminally exploited.

In 2021, 27,000 children in England were identified as being involved in county lines. Intervening early is so important to keep children safe from this devastating form of abuse and being aware of the signs a child might be being exploited enables parents and professionals to seek support quickly.

Parents Against Child Exploitation (Pace) and Virtual College have teamed up to create this FREE short (20 to 30 minutes) online course designed for parents, carers and professionals working alongside children and young people.

What will you learn from the course?

Gain an understanding about how children are groomed and criminally exploited. Learn what county lines is and how it is operated across the UK. Understand the impact this form of child abuse has on families and how to seek support if you have concerns about a child at risk.

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Learning outcomes

  • Know more about county lines and other forms of child criminal exploitation
  • Know the signs and indicators of child criminal exploitation
  • Appreciate the impact child criminal exploitation has on families
  • Understand what to do if you suspect a child might be at risk

What will you be able to do, or do differently, after taking the course?

  • You will have the confidence to talk to a child about what county lines and criminal exploitation is.
  • You will be able to recognise the signs that a child or young person might be being exploited.
  • You will know how to seek support if you are concerned about your child or a child in the community. 

Who is it for?

The free online training course is aimed and parents, carers and professionals who work alongside children and young people.

Related Course

Child Criminal Exploitation, Gangs and County Lines Training

Just £30 | ✔ Designed for those working with children

Want to learn more about the affects of county lines on children? Virtual College have built a full CPD approved Child Criminal Exploitation, Gangs and County Lines Training online course.

Suitable for anyone who comes into contact with children on a regular basis the training will help you identify the signs and symptoms of abuse and what to do if you suspect a child or young person is becoming involved in gang activities.

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