Criminal Exploitation and County Lines

The NSPCC defines child criminal exploitation as “child abuse where children and young people are manipulated and coerced into committing crimes”.

For more information please visit the following links;

NSPCC Criminal Exploitation

Missing People


What is County Lines?

County lines is the term used to describe urban gangs supplying drugs to other parts of the UK using dedicated mobile phone lines (Dorset Police). Sadly it can be common for young people to be exploited and coerced into joining these gangs.

For more information please visit the following links;

The Children’s Society

Child sexual exploitation – community & family | Crimestoppers (


Child Sexual Exploitation – the more you know, the more you see

Child Sexual Exploitation is Child Abuse.  Any young person could become a victim, regardless of their social or ethnic background.

Victims are often coerced into sexual relationships which they confuse with love and attention.  They risk damage to their physical, emotional and psychological health.

There is no stereotypical victim of exploitation, but the below warning signs are an indication that a child may be exploited:


If you have concerns that a child you know may be a victim of Child Sexual Exploitation report it to your local police on [email protected] .

Alternatively you can report it to Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or visit

In an emergency, or if a crime is ongoing, always dial 999.


Do you have any suspicions or worries about a person that is in contact with your child?

Sarah’s Law – also known as the child sex offender disclosure scheme – allows parents, carers and guardians to formally ask the police to tell them if someone has a record for child sexual offences. Grandparents and neighbours are also invited to use the scheme but it is most commonly used by parents and guardians.

If you think a child is at immediate risk then you should call 999 to report your concerns. In all other circumstances (non-emergencies) you should telephone 101 or visit here.



Local Authority Children’s Social Care – Muti-Agency Safeguarding Hub 01202 123334 – Out of hours 01202 738256

Home Office website: We PROTECT: fighting online child sexual exploitation

Parents Protect! is a website which aims to raise awareness about child sexual abuse:

Barnado’s support –

PAN Dorset Support –

PACE – Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation – helps parents fight to keep their children safe:

You can also visit

SSCT on Dorset Police