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‘We weren’t set up to deal with this’: how councils have responded to county lines

Drug dealing networks' exploitation of young people has exploded into public consciousness – but what are local authorities doing about it, and where do social workers fit in?

Community Care has published an article looking at how local authorities respond to county lines (the drug dealing model which involves organised crime networks from urban centres exploiting children to expand their drug dealing activities into smaller towns and rural areas). The article shares best practice for tackling and preventing county lines at a multi-agency level, and working with children and young people who have been exploited.