New Safeguarding Letter Added

Posted on: 10th September 2020

A new letter about ‘County Lines’ has been added to the letters page. To view more letters click here…


Dear Parent/Carer,

I hope you and your families are well and staying safe at this time.

As you may be aware, County Lines, which can also be referred to as Child Criminal Exploitation, is a real and growing form of criminal activity that exists nationally, regionally across the West Midlands and unfortunately, here in Wolverhampton.

The term County Lines is used to describe gangs and organised criminal networks involved in exporting illegal drugs from urban areas to rural areas, using a mobile phone line.  The gangs exploit children, young people, and vulnerable adults to move and store drugs.  They can also use money and very often coercion, intimidation, violence (including sexual violence), and weapons to threaten their victims.

Here at Ormiston NEW Academy, we are working closely with West Midlands Police to spot the signs of exploitation and to ensure that our young people are safe.  Staff have also received dedicated training to help identify young people who may be at risk.

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