A new report shared exclusively with Sky News says young people are at risk of exploitation from criminals more than ever, as the country marks a year since the first national lockdown.
the National Youth Agency says county lines child criminal exploitation is taking on a new meaning, thanks to changing trends seen through the pandemic.
Gangs are increasingly targeting vulnerable young people who are stuck at home during lockdown via social media platforms. Grooming young people in more rural areas that lack sufficient support for children to seek help.
They also highlight the changing profile of a typical victim – more affluent, more female – and many youth workers also report victims getting increasingly younger.