The AoCPP Masterclass Series

Introductory, Intermediate and Advanced level small group training for professionals

We're launching this new series in response to many requests for in-depth workshops and training on key topics within Child Protection. Classes are limited to 20 to enable personal guidance and deep discussion.

This session will be led by Nikki Holmes

'A Critical Analysis of the Complex, Commonly Misunderstood Issues of Cuckooing'

Friday 9 December


Overview for the Masterclass:

Despite links with serious organised crime, “cuckooing” is not widely understood or discussed. Despite links to County Lines methods of drug supply, Cuckooing has remained an area of mystique – not attracting the same level of academic scrutiny or critical enquiry that other forms of criminal activity and exploitation has. This means that cuckooing and exploitation is happening in our cities, towns and communities in plain sight. To tackle this issue, it is crucial to raise awareness and increase understanding of this complex issue.

Learning Outcomes

  • Have a greater understanding of cuckooing and be able to recognise the complexity and variance associated with this issue by understanding the typologies of cuckooing.
  • Recognise and understand the links between cuckooing and Serious Organised Crime, in particular County Lines methods of drug supply.
  • Have an understanding why cuckooing should be considered in the context of Child Protection.
  • Recognise the impact that Covid-19 has had on driving adaptation and changes in cuckooing activity.


Nikki has served as a police officer, been a service manager for a young person’ substance misuse service, is an experienced Children’s Services Inspector for the CQC, and more recently launched her own consultancy Safer Together, which is a proud member of the WeProtect Global Alliance.

An expert in safeguarding with expertise and extensive experience of working in the fields of Child Exploitation, County Lines and Modern Slavery, Nikki now provides independent consultancy and training to a range of organisations including the NHS and Local Authorities.

Nikki is also a guest lecturer, a public speaker and an independent author of Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews, Safeguarding Adult Reviews and Domestic Homicide Reviews.

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* Please note: We reserve the right to cancel these with 48 hours notice with full refunds for participants

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