County lines is the growing practice of gangs to exploit vulnerable children and adults at risk of abuse (including those with mental illness or learning disabilities) in order to facilitate the running of street level drug dealing and to spread their networks out across the country from London and other extended urban areas.

Whilst much of the activity will, of course, concern policing, the action plan will also address what needs to be done to “raise awareness and develop resilience” across key sectors – which include the “Health sector including mental health services, adult safeguarding, emergency departments and sexual health clinics”. Read more

nhs england 05.01.17