County lines crime: what is a nurse’s role in safeguarding children?
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County lines crime: what is a nurse’s role in safeguarding children?

Leah Rosengarten @LeahRosengarten Lecturer, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, England

Children’s nurses can help prevent vulnerable young people from being exploited by gangs

Tackling county lines crime was made a priority by the UK government in 2018. Its Serious Violence Strategy defines county lines as ‘gangs and organised criminal networks involved in exporting illegal drugs into one or more importing areas, using dedicated mobile phone lines or other form of “deal line”’ (HM Government 2018). The term county line refers to the phone line used to take orders for drugs (National Crime Agency (NCA) 2020).

Nursing Children and Young People. 33, 2, 9-9. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.33.2.9.s4

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