Any child can be exploited, no matter their background

young person and practitioner talking

We run a number of services across the country that help young people who are being exploited, or are at risk of being exploited, through 'county lines', a name commonly used for child criminal exploitation.

We also have resources and guidance for parents and professionals who may be concerned about a child being criminally exploited.

Child criminal exploitation services

STRIDE, London

London service supporting boys criminally exploited in relation to county lines.

C.A.R.E. (Children at Risk of Exploitation), Essex

Support for young people aged 8-24 who live in Essex (excluding Southend and Thurrock) who are victims or at risk of child exploitation.

Hand in Hand, North Yorkshire and York

Service in North Yorkshire and the City of York providing one to one support to help children and young people in the area who are at risk of, or victims of, child sexual or criminal exploitation.

SCARPA, North East

Safeguarding children at risk of child sexual exploitation and child criminal exploitation.

Next Generation, Nottingham

Working with children and young people aged between 11-18 years old with multiple disadvantage, including child criminal exploitation, child sexual exploitation, domestic abuse, problems at home or school, or edge of care.

Child criminal exploitation programmes

My Voice Programme

Six week programme in schools and colleges in the north east of England. Through group work, young people are encouraged to talk about the issues important to them and build their emotional resilience. 


As part of the Commissioner’s West Mercia Diversionary Network, we will deliver an Early Intervention and Prevention service for 10 to 17 year olds. 

Disrupting Exploitation Programme (DEX)

 Tackling and disrupting child exploitation, including child criminal exploitation through county lines in Greater Manchester, Birmingham and London.

Tackling Exploitation Support Programme (TCE)

Supporting local areas to develop an effective strategic response to child exploitation and threats from outside the family home, including child sexual exploitation and child criminal exploitation, such as county lines drug trafficking.

Prevention Programme

Preventing and lowering incidences of child sexual abuse and exploitation, child criminal exploitation, modern day slavery and human trafficking on a regional and national basis across England and Wales.