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County Lines – by Henry Blake

Dear All,

A number of you were at the Havering Violence Reduction Summit on the 27th November 2019, one of the items on the Agenda was the 20 minutes county lines film called County Lines – by Henry Blake”, many attendees found this very emotive and wanted to either see it again, have other work colleagues see it, have a discussion around it, etc.

As a result of this, our colleagues in Barking & Dagenham have re-commissioned Henry Blake to deliver a number of County Lines Screenings and discussion sessions with frontline staff across the whole of the East Area (Barking & Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge).

The sessions will run on a range of dates between February - March 2020 at the Broadway Theatre, Barking, IG11 7LS. Each session will run for 90 minutes comprising of a 20-minute short film followed by a presentation and discussion led by writer/director Henry Blake. This session will look at analysing the film’s characters and themes and discusses the frontline experience of working with young people involved in county lines, providing support and professional guidance to those affected by the issue.

If you are interested in attending a session please see dates, times and booking options on Eventbrite which can be accessed here. Please feel free to pass onto colleagues who will benefit from these sessions. 

Also, for those interested, the award-winning feature-length film should be available in cinemas from mid-April 2020, with a possible special screening taking place in Romford prior to the main release. (More details to follow at a later date)

Last of all, just a reminder that a final tri-borough Violent Crime Workshop event is taking place on the 12th February. If you haven’t booked on then please click here. This is your opportunity to help highlight gaps, tell us what works well, opportunities for change, etc. Spaces are again on a first come first serve basis, so please don’t leave it too late as last time allocated tickets ran out.

Some of the topics to be discussed are:

  • Lost Hours
  • Understanding journeys and transport hubs to and from school 
  • Problem locations and hotspots 
  • Domestic Violence 
  • Education 
  • Diversionary Programmes/ Local Offer
  • Contextual Safeguarding




Chris Stannett

27 Jan 2020

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