Thurrock Local Safeguarding Children Partnership

Gang Related Issues and County Lines

This online course has been designed to give learners a better understanding of gang issues and county lines by looking at these terms, what they mean and the signs and symptoms of abuse.  This online CPD approved safeguarding training also looks at Child Criminal Exploitation, (CCE), its definition and how to recognise it and much more.

Course Description

This course aims to give learners a deeper understanding of gang related issues and define what these key terms mean.  This training will also help learners to identify the signs and symptoms of abuse and what to do if they suspect a child or young person is becoming involved in gang activities.

County lines is another crucial issue related to gang activities, within this training learners will gain an understanding of this issue and how it can differ from other gang related activities.

This course covers gang related issues for children and young people, defines and explains 'county lines' and its links to organised criminal networks, defines Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE), and enables you to spot the signs of those involved with gangs or at risk of being drawn into gangs.  It gives details of other organisations that are able to provide help and support and gives guidance on actions to take if you suspect of become aware of gang related issues.

Topics covered in this module include:

  • Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE)
  • Spotting the signs and characteristics of those involved with gangs, and 'pull factors' that could indicate vulnerability of children and young people
  • Definition of 'county lines exploitation' and its connection to human trafficking, modern slavery and forced labour, how to recognise signs of activity
  • Definitions of gang terminology
  • Links between gangs and knife crime
  • What to do if you suspect gang involvement
  • The National Referral Mechanism (NRM)

Case studies and videos are used to illustrate the information contained in the courses.  There are also challenges to check your knowledge of the information covered.

Who is it for?

  • Social workers
  • Care workers
  • Pastoral care
  • Teachers
  • Teaching Assistants
  • Healthcare Professionals


This course takes approximately one to two hours to complete.

Please note that whilst this e-learning course if free, failure to complete within 30 days of the date of allocation will result in a £15 charge.

To register for this course, please click here

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