What is SPACE?
SPACE is a self-funded organisation founded in January 2018, in response to the national prevalence of Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE) and the County Lines phenomenon which has entrenched thousands of young children and people into serious violence and organised crime.
Its primary mission is to:
Raise awareness of County Lines exploitation through unique perspective of lived-experience insights combined with law-enforcement background (including Modern Slavery) of:
Indicators, broad impact including trauma, professional gaps and challenges and dual status of vicitm and offender;
Power and influence of child exploitation and grooming, including methods and vulnerabilities and the role of rewiring children;
Focus and need for a Contextual Safeguarding response in extra-familial harm;
Relevance of missing episodes;
Challenges with consent & transition;
National Referral Mechanism (NRM) & Trafficking under Modern Slavery Laws;
Link between CCE, CSE and Radicalisation;
Mental Health and Trauma.
Make recommendations to improve inadequate or failing professional responses to County Lines exploitation.
Collaborate with charities and statutory services to enable necessary changes which will better safeguard County Lines affected children and young people, and their needs.
Train and equip statutory and wider professionals including those listed below, to recognise signs of County Lines and gain a rare insight and understanding of the wider context of this exploitation.
Police / Law Enforcement
Education / OFSTED
Faith / Community Groups
British Transport Police
Taxi / Private Hire Firms
Third Sector Organisations
Educate and empower parents, carers and children through awareness and prevention sessions (primary school upwards) including steps to take.
*Provide free national advocacy and advice for families directly affected by County Lines exploitation.
Campaign for change within the current multi-agency response to (C)CE. We founded and co-lead the NPIES Advisory Group (see separate tab) and are currently highlighting the disparity in statutory recognition and support within the Modern Slavery framework for British victims.
Provide consultancy services on all aspects of (C)CE.
Provide Countylines/(C)CE expert witness service for Family and Criminal Courts.