County Lines and the Power of the Badge; The LFC Foundation’s Approach to Youth Intervention

Francis Hargreaves, Paula Carroll, Grace Robinson, SEAN CREANEY*, Andrew O’Connor

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper explores the purpose and outlines the key features of Liverpool Football Club Foundation’s County Lines (CL) programme and how principles of collaboration and co-production can be implemented to educate children at risk of entering the Youth Justice System (YJS).

Method

This paper reviews the findings from a 12-week County Lines intervention programme in 14 secondary schools in the Liverpool City Region (LCR) between 2021-2022. The Programme was designed in collaboration with funders, partners and participants and aimed to improve knowledge of, and change attitudes towards County Lines and its associated harms, including knife crime and child sexual exploitation.

Findings

Knowledge and attitude changes were measured across 12 indicators with positive changes recorded for each indicator. Perhaps of most interest to those working in the sector was the recorded success in obtaining consistent attendance from beginning to end with very little erosion of engagement. This suggests that the content and method of delivery was successful in engaging harder to reach young people to make positive change.

Originality

This article is the first of its kind to examine how collaboration and co-production (two of the five principles of the Serious Violence Strategy 2018) can be implemented by a football charity and its partners to educate children in a local community on the harms of County Lines.
Original languageEnglish
JournalSafer Communities
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 5 Dec 2022

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