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Published 21/09/2021

The Birmingham Safeguarding Children Partnership commissioned a Local Child Safeguarding Practice Review focusing on the fatal stabbing of a teenage boy, and two other young men who were with him at the time of the incident. In January 2020, the boy and young men, who were all from Birmingham and believed to have been involved in an urban street gang, travelled to a small country town where the violent assault took place. The police investigation found that the purpose of their visit was linked to ‘County Lines’ and the illegal supply of controlled substances. The boy and young men were recognised as being victims of Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE). The perpetrator has been brought to justice, together with three individuals who have been convicted of perverting the course of justice. All four received substantive custodial sentences.