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County lines, or ‘going country’ refers to when groups or gangs exploit young people or vulnerable adults to carry and/or sell drugs across county boundaries.  On this half-day course you will develop your understanding of young women involved and or affected by county lines and gangs, and increase your confidence to implement what you learn into your own work. 


Professionals working predominantly with children, young people and their families, parents or carers, and those involved in intervention and reviewing the safeguarding needs for a child or young people, where there are safeguarding concerns, and or potential risks of exploitation.


By the end of the training, participants will: 

  • Identify the emergence of county lines, youth violence and gangs.

  • Recognise indicators, signs and reasons young people may get caught up with countylines or gangs.

  • Talk about the role of young women specifically including; grooming, initiation, drug running and sexual exploitation.

  • Recognise early intervention and harm minimisation opportunities.

  • Examine key aspects of gangs such as structure, and the impact of media.

  • Identify available support and resources for young people in your area


Your facilitator for the day is Craig Pinkney:

He is an experienced youth worker and has a BA (Hons) in Youth & Community Development (JNC) and a Diploma and Master’s degree in Criminology. Craig Pinkney has over 13 years of experience as an outreach worker, transformational speaker, gang exit strategist, mediator, mentor and filmmaker.

Craig Pinkney is well known for working with some of the cities most challenging young people, potentially high-risk offenders, victims of gang violence and youth who are deemed as hard to reach. Through mentoring, discussion, advocacy, sport, media, film and faith based interventions.

Craig aims to give a platform to young people, which he believes will raise attainment and to promote positive social change. Craig is also the UK lead for the EUGANGS Project, which is a transnational collaborative project carried by professionals from five countries who research, develop professional practice for those working in Gang and Youth Crime environments across Europe.

Craig Pinkney also is a full time lecturer at UCB (University College of Birmingham), and specialising in youth violence, urban street gangs, extremism, trauma and Black mens desistance

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“Outstanding course!! very engaging and charismatically delivered”

“Brilliant trainer, was kept engaged whole time and right levels of opportunity to participate. Trainer had very good knowledge on suject and how we can help young people”

“Excellent course; very detailed knowledge and explanations to ensure understanding”

“Excellent! Down to earth approach”

“Good pace and excellent resources!”


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£1350 plus trainer expenses
Maximum 18 participants


Specifically designed and developed to meet a client’s particular needs where a mix of training and consultancy could be offered.

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