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An online teaching package, including a hard-hitting animation, has been created in a bid to continue to educate young people about the dangers of criminal exploitation during the pandemic and beyond.

The resources have been created by the St Giles Trust charity as part of its three-year SOS+ Project, first commissioned by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner in April last year.

So far, nearly 4,000 pupils, parents and teachers have taken part in the SOS+ initiative, which is led by ex-offender and former boxer Earl Ling and aims to steer students away from criminality and the danger of County Lines.

The team has been working to ensure the message continues to be spread during the pandemic and the latest tool is an animation, which tells the story of Nathan who is groomed and exploited by his best friend’s brother.

A series of virtual workshops has begun with education professionals and parents to highlight the package which can be delivered to pupils virtually or face-to-face depending on government guidelines. Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner Lorne Green, said:

“The work Earl and the team at St Giles have done across the county to date has been vital in helping young people see the real consequences of taking the wrong path in life.

“With a lockdown in place it would be easy to think County Lines has simply disappeared as young people have been forced to ‘stay home’.

“But sadly, this could not be further from the truth and we must do all we can to rid our county of County Lines and the knock-on impact it brings to our communities.”

See: www.stgilestrust.org.uk

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