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The Tackling Gangs, Violence and County Lines Conference 2024
(Ended 2nd Jul 2024)


2nd Jul 2024 to 2nd Jul 2024

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Since the UK Government set ambitious targets for closing down county lines and organised crime groups last year, local level practitioners have renewed their drive to tackle high-harm offending and safeguard victims of exploitation. Nationally, over 2,100 lines have been closed since April 2022 (Home Office, 2023) demonstrating the effectiveness of collaboration and multi-agency working. However, the National Crime Agency warns that organised crime remains a significant threat to communities and costs the UK over £47 billion a year (2023). More work is needed to keep ahead of the changing nature of serious gang crime and protect young people from becoming involved in county lines.

  • 90% of English police forces have seen violence and county lines activity in their area worsen (The Children’s Society, 2021)
  • The Children’s Commissioner estimates that 60,000 children self-identify as a gang member or have a sibling as a gang member (2019)
  • Between 2021-2023, over 1,200 school exclusions in England’s largest drug-exporting regions were related to incidents of grooming (File on 4, 2023)

Join us at ­­­­The Tackling Gangs, Violence and County Lines Conference 2024 to hear the latest cross-sector insights into tackling serious and organised crime. High-level keynotes will provide national guidance and lived experience on tackling criminal behaviours, followed by case studies from a range of organisations delivering best practice in safeguarding victims of exploitation and dismantling criminal networks. Key topics include effective multi-agency working, engaging with vulnerable young people and methods for enriching service delivery. A breakout networking session offers the opportunity to share your experiences whilst networking with other senior colleagues across the police sector.

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