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County Lines theatre workshop

News ‐ 24 Jan 2020

Meet Dex. He’s a nice guy. He’ll offer you money. He’ll offer you drugs. He’ll be generous. He’ll make you feel important. He’ll make you feel part of something. He’ll make your life exciting. He’ll do whatever it takes to get you working for him and his mates… and when you do…

Meet Dex. He’s a scary guy. He’ll say you owe him money. He’ll make you deal drugs and move packages. He’ll blackmail you. He’ll be violent. He’ll make you feel terrified. He’ll turn your life upside down. He’ll do whatever it takes to keep you working for him and his mates…

And he’s good at it. He knows he’ll get you because he knows you’ll make bad decisions… bad choices. Dex runs the County Lines.

County Lines gangs pose a significant threat to vulnerable adults and children upon whom they rely to conduct and/or facilitate this criminality. 

Performed by Alter Ego to our Y8 students, County Lines is a play that aims to raise awareness around Child Criminal Exploitation – specifically the strand of the County Lines drug trafficking model that sees vulnerable adults and young people targeted by organised groups and gangs to groom, trick, trap and manipulate them into trafficking drugs and sometimes weapons.The play addresses questions such as

  • What is CountyLines and how can it affect young people?
  • The Grooming Process and how it can apply to CountyLines?
  • The similarities and potential crossovers between Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE) and Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)
  • Where to go for help & advice

Funded by the Safer Schools team, the play delivered some very important messages in an engaging and thought provoking manner.

As part of our Crime & Safety Days on Tuesday 3rd March, parents and carers are invited to a drop in information session with the Safer Schools Team on County Lines and how to spot the dangers. All parents and carers are welcome. For more details click here