On the road to a positive future
It is not often that the issue of county lines produces any good news. However, one young man we have helped to safely leave a county line and rebuild his life is celebrating today (23 August) after receiving his GCSE results.Liam (name changed) was referred to us after being heavily exploited and becoming entrenched in county lines. He was one of the top ranking members of a group oflocal boys who were either involved in county lines or on the cusp of it.
When we first met Liam, he carried a blade everywhere for his own protection and was constantly smoking cannabis. He often went missing and had been caught with heroin, crack cocaine and large amounts of cash. His behaviour had become so volatile that he was not able to regularly attend the alternative provision school he was placed in. Support services were at a loss as to how to deal with the situation.
She worked closely with his social worker and kept in daily contact with Liam to help him reduce his drug use and build bridges with his family. She also liaised with the authorities to help him get back into education and brought him school books – encouraging him to read for an hour in the bath every day.
Liam’s caseworker reports he is a changed person from when she first met him. He is now looking forward to starting a vocational training course in September.