Harlow College set to host “County Lines” drug dealing awareness evening

COUNTY Lines drug distribution awareness and insight from a support worker and perpetrator’s perspective.

About this Event


Arnold Yousaf (St. Giles Trust, SOS+ Project Development Lead)

Arnold Yousaf (SOS+ Project Development Lead) utilises his lived experience within the criminal justice system and gang involvement, combined with his experience as a frontline practitioner in prevention and early intervention to provide professionals with a credible and authentic perspective of various issues relating to exploitation and criminal activity. Arnold has developed the content for and delivered St. Giles’ Gangs and County Lines training to a wide range of professionals such as; NHS School nurses, CSE workers, Safeguarding Children Boards, Regional Organised Crime Units, Police Units, CPS Lead Prosecutors, Magistrates and Crown Court Judges, Drug expert witnesses and various other multi-agency partners.

St. Giles, SOS+ Project: County Lines Professionals’ Session

Our Gangs & County Lines presentation consists of speakers utilising their lived experience within the criminal justice system to unpack and explore the realities and consequences of county lines drug smuggling, gang involvement, criminal exploitation and serious youth violence. Perspectives from previous perpetrators and runners/transporters, combined with relevant case studies, aid audiences in gaining an authentic and credible understanding of this complex and cross cutting issue. The training has been delivered to a range of professionals working with at-risk young people across the England and Wales.

The presentation will include the following elements:
– Trainers utilising their lived experience within the criminal justice system to unpack and explore the realities and consequences of child criminal exploitation, gang involvement, and youth violence;
– Signs and indicators that young people are involved;
– Motives and intentions – how and why young people get involved;
– Perspectives of victims and perpetrators, inc how girls are exploited/used;
– Common misconceptions amongst professionals;
– Strategies to help protect young people, and get them out.

Onsite parking and buffet after the lecture, There will also be an opportunity to network with other professionals after the lecture.

Date And Time

Thu, 27 February 2020
17:45 – 19:15

Harlow College – University Centre
Velizy Avenue
CM20 3EZ


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