august, 2019

29augAll DayCounty Lines Drug Networks in Scotland: Preventing and Tackling the Criminal Exploitation of Children and Vulnerable Adults


Event Details

A year on from the publication of the Community Experiences of Serious Organised Crime in Scotland research report, this timely event examines the latest guidance and good practice on how to identify, support, and help young and vulnerable victims of criminal exploitation, and what this means for the professionals that support them.

Tackling the spread of mobile-drug markets across Scotland

In January 2019, Crimestoppers launched a campaign to raise awareness of county lines activity in Scotland, and to highlight the violence, exploitation, and abuse that this criminal activity is inflicting on vulnerable people in Scotland’s rural and coastal towns. Instead of an established community base, these mobile drug markets, so-called ‘county lines’, do not require a strong community infrastructure. Rather, criminals occupy the premises of a local individual to act as a base for their criminal activity. This is often the housing of someone with vulnerabilities related to age, addiction, or mental health.

On the day you will hear from leading experts and practitioners in the field as we examine how to effectively reduce the impact of mobile drug markets in our rural communities and better protect children and vulnerable adults from criminal exploitation. 

Key issues that will be addressed

  • Update on the policy context in Scotland, including an examination of the ‘Community experiences of serious organised crime in Scotland: research report’
  • Establishing effective partnerships across statutory and non-statutory sectors
  • Strengthening detection and prevention strategies through a co-ordinated response
  • Detecting victims or at-risk children and vulnerable people
  • Good practice case studies on detection and response
  • Promoting multi-agency working and information sharing

Confirmed speakers

  • Speaker tbc, Organised Crime Unit, Scottish Government
  • Angela Parker, National Manager – Scotland, Crimestoppers
  • Paul Carberry, Director, Action for Children and Chair of the Divert strand of the Serious Organised Crime Taskforce
  • Speaker tbc, The Law Society of Scotland
  • Donna McEwan, Practice Development Advisor, Centre for Youth and Criminal Justice, University of Strathclyde

Who should attend?

This event will be of interest to anyone looking to support vulnerable victims of criminal exploitation including: child protection professionals and social workers, victim support organisations, legal professionals, and organisations working in the justice sector, among others.

For further information and booking click the link provided –


All Day (Thursday)


Central Edinburgh - Venue TBC