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 Dr Ben Brewster and Dr Grace Robinson

'Policing County Lines - Impact of Covid-19'

Tuesday 9 November 10am-1pm

Overview for the Masterclass:

The national focus on County Lines has greatly increased awareness of the issue and the subsequent responses to those affected by it, however the ease with which County Lines networks are still able to exploit children and young people continues to pose huge challenges for law enforcement and safeguarding professionals alike. Children and vulnerable people from all walks of life are being drawn into drug supply for a variety of reasons and it's paramount that we, as a society, are equipped to support those that need help, and provide them with alternative pathways.

This session will introduce findings from a UKRI-funded research project by the University of Nottingham’s Rights Lab – exploring the effect of COVID-19 on Child Criminal Exploitation and County Lines. Through a dualistic focus on detection and enforcement, and vulnerability and safeguarding, we will highlight the impact of Covid-19 on the drug supply method through the voices of those working to address County Lines and the harms it causes. We will also draw upon previous studies to provide a rich contextual overview into Child Criminal Exploitation.


Dr. Grace Robinson: Dr Grace Robinson works in the University of Nottingham’s Rights Lab as a Research Fellow in Modern Slavery Perpetrators and Organised Crime, where she is working on a UKRI-funded research project exploring the impact of Covid-19 on Child Criminal Exploitation and County Lines drug supply. She is also the Executive Director of Black Box Research and Consultancy Ltd; a nationwide criminal justice consultancy providing commissioned research, workshops and training and Expert Witness Testimony. She has worked on over 40 modern slavery cases with a focus on criminal exploitation, County Lines, cuckooing, debt bondage and grooming. Her research background is in gangs, Child Criminal Exploitation and County Lines, and she has completed extensive research in criminal justice and alternate educational organisations exploring both young people’s and practitioners’ perspectives on exploitation. For the past five years, Grace has participated in media interviews, podcasts, workshops and lectures on Child Criminal Exploitation and County Lines to students, practitioners, faith groups and members of the public, and has been an invited speaker at numerous academic and practitioner conferences across the UK. Grace is Director of the Lewis Dunne Foundation, a Merseyside-wide charity focused on supporting vulnerable and at-risk young people out of gangs and exploitation.


Dr. Ben Brewster: Dr. Ben Brewster works as part of the Rights Lab’s Communities and Society Programme. His Nottingham Research Fellowship focuses on the role of online social spaces and computer-mediated-communication in the facilitation of modern slavery, including the role that digital platforms themselves can play in prevention and discovery. Ben has a research background in the evolving methods and behaviour of organised criminals and has worked extensively with international law enforcement agencies, including EUROPOL, on a range of crime issues and their intersections with internet misuse and cybercrime. He is also currently conducting UKRI-funded research into the implications of COVID-19 on Child Criminal Exploitation through the County Lines drug supply model, and AHRC-funded research into the commercial sexual exploitation of children in Brazil.

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