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County Lines, Gang & Knife Crime Safeguarding Training

Course Overview:

The County Lines, Gangs, and Knife Crime Safeguarding training course is a crucial educational programme created to tackle the pressing issues of county lines operations, gang-related activities, and knife crime in our communities. This training course acknowledges the critical importance of safeguarding vulnerable individuals, especially young people, from the harmful influence posed by these criminal activities.


County lines, the involvement of young people in gangs, and the rising incidents of knife crime present formidable challenges in our society today. These issues transcend geographical boundaries, affecting urban and rural areas alike. County lines operations involve criminal networks exploiting young people and vulnerable individuals to transport and distribute drugs across different regions. Gang-related activities can lead to violence, coercion, and exploitation, while knife crime poses a severe threat to community safety.


The primary purpose of the County Lines, Gangs, and Knife Crime Safeguarding training course is to equip professionals, community leaders, and concerned individuals with the knowledge and skills required to safeguard potential victims, identify signs of involvement, and intervene effectively. This training aims to empower attendees to take proactive measures in tackling these issues within their respective roles and communities.

Key Objectives:

Throughout this comprehensive training course, participants will:

  • Insights into the motivations behind knife carrying: Explore the complex reasons young people might carry knives, including self-defence, peer pressure, and feelings of insecurity.
  • Navigating the pressures leading to gang involvement: Understand the factors that draw young people into gangs, such as social exclusion, lack of opportunities, and exposure to violence.
  • Awareness of gender-specific risks: Learn about the unique challenges and vulnerabilities faced by young girls and women associated with gangs, including exploitation and trafficking.
  • Recognising the signs of gang involvement: Identify key behavioural and communication red flags that may signal a young person’s involvement in gangs, allowing for early intervention.
  • Understanding county lines grooming: Gain insights into the tactics used to recruit and exploit young people in drug distribution networks, and the devastating consequences they face.
  • Identifying behavioural indicators for professionals: Learn to recognise potential changes in behaviour that might suggest a young person is at risk, equipping them to take swift and appropriate action.
  • Reporting processes and support resources: Understand clear and effective reporting procedures for suspected gang involvement or knife crime, and access valuable resources for ongoing support and guidance.

Training Delivery:

Our training course is delivered by experienced professionals in the field of safeguarding, youth intervention, and community safety. The course is interactive, combining theoretical knowledge with practical insights and real-world case studies. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in discussions, scenarios, and exercises that enhance their understanding and enable them to apply their learning effectively.

This training is not just about raising awareness; it’s about equipping individuals with the tools to make a real difference in the lives of vulnerable individuals and the safety of our communities. Join us in this essential training course to become part of the solution in addressing County Lines, Gangs, and Knife Crime Safeguarding. Together, we can safeguard our communities and protect our young people from harm.


Vince Donovan is an exceptional professional who brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our County Lines, Gangs, and Knife Crime Safeguarding training course. With an impressive career spanning thirty years of dedicated service with South Wales Police, Vince has honed his expertise in critical areas of law enforcement. His background includes substantial contributions to community safety, crime prevention, and the fight against hate crime, providing him with a profound understanding of the complex challenges we face.

One of the most significant chapters in Vince’s career spans seven years of unwavering commitment and focused efforts. During this time, he worked closely with a significant number of vulnerable individuals, navigating the intricate landscape of those at risk of various forms of violent extremism. Vince’s role extended beyond traditional policing, as he provided crucial support to the families of young people who had left the United Kingdom to engage with terrorist groups abroad.

Vince Donovan’s journey is a testament to his dedication and determination in addressing some of the most pressing issues in our society. His extensive experience and deep insights into the intricacies of county lines, gang-related activities, and knife crime make him an exceptional trainer for this course. Vince’s practical experience in dealing with the complexities of these issues allows him to provide not just knowledge but invaluable perspectives and strategies for safeguarding our communities.

Participants in the County Lines, Gangs, and Knife Crime Safeguarding training course can expect to benefit significantly from Vince’s profound understanding of these challenges. His commitment to community safety and his genuine passion for making a difference shine through in every aspect of his training delivery. Join us in this essential training course to tap into Vince’s wealth of experience and expertise, and together, we can work towards a safer future for all.

County Lines, Gang & Knife Crime Safeguarding Training

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Safety Solutions Training Ltd.

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