It is estimated that at least 46,000 children in England are victims of County Lines. They should be recognised as victims of criminal exploitation and abuse, rather than criminals.
Children and young people are groomed into County Lines by abusers offering them a sense of belonging, money, verbal and physical gifts, and a sense of protection.
Exploited children and young people are trafficked and forced to stay in dangerous properties that have been invaded by criminals, known as “cuckooing”. Our children and young people are forced to stay in these properties for days/ weeks at a time.