County lines is when gangs and organised crime groups exploit children to transport and sell drugs, normally between big cities where the exploiters are based to smaller towns, sometimes across county boundaries and into country areas. The children have dedicated mobile phone ‘lines’ for taking orders for drugs; children are used as they are less likely to be stopped by police, allowing adult dealers to avoid the risk of arrest. County lines is a form of criminal exploitation; this occurs where a person or a group of people takes advantage of their contact with and influence over a young person to coerce or manipulate them into carrying out a criminal act. County Lines is happening in Somerset and whilst Brymore does not have any known students caught up within the network we need to ensure that all parents, carers, staff and our boys are aware that knowledge is power when it comes to this form of exploitation. A useful YouTube video explaining County Lines can be viewed here:
Below are a number of upcoming informative sessions that may help widen your understanding of this topic.
Covid 19: Online Safety for parents webinar: “It is never going to happen to my child…”
Avon and Somerset Constabulary in response to Covid19 Lockdown 2.0 is offering a free parents webinar about online safety. This webinar will be taking place on Wednesday 25 November at 7pm-8.30pm.
To book a place, please follow this Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/online-safety-for-parents-it-is-never-going-to-happen-to-my-child-tickets-128994797913?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch
· Overview of online risks.
· Exploitation of children online.
· Technical protective and safety measures available.
· Top tips on starting a conversation with your child about the internet and how to work together to use the internet safely.
· Androulla (Andri) Nicolaou, Prevention Officer and Coordinator
· Kristian Evans, Cyber Protect Officer
· Drew Jefferies, Cyber Protect Officer
· Verity Weston, Youth Project Coordinator