Call to run a project which delivers a coordinated response to the Criminal Exploitation and County Lines challenge for which Norfolk and Suffolk are now key target areas in this effective and profitable criminal network supplying drugs across rural areas.
Norfolk and Suffolk are now key target areas for ‘county lines’; an effective and profitable criminal network supplying drugs across rural areas. Norwich has the most links of any other city outside London and Suffolk is ranked sixth nationally. These networks target vulnerable young people to courier drugs, leading to an increase in cuckooing, violent crime, sexual exploitation and arrest.
The issue of gangs and county lines is intrinsically linked to the umbrella term ‘criminal exploitation’. This term better reflects the wider implications of how and why young people and vulnerable adults get involved in gangs, county lines, trafficking, grooming and the common occurrence of switching between being a victim on one hand and a perpetrator on another.
The Covid-19 pandemic has undoubtedly exacerbated all these concerns, with an increase in young people going ‘off the radar’ and lacking the oversight and structure provided by school and college life.Whilst existing initiatives can evidence effective work with vulnerable young people, numbers have increased within some of the hardest to reach groups.
This Call seeks a project which delivers a coordinated response to the Criminal Exploitation and County Lines challenge across Norfolk and Suffolk. It will deliver directly against existing local County Lines Strategies in both counties.
For more information, download the Call Specification.
The project must cover the New Anglia LEP area.
Approximately £1,000,000 of ESF is available.
Full application deadline: 04 December 2020
Projects must be financially completed (i.e. have a proposed Financial Completion Date) no later than 31st December 2023; however, the Managing Authority reserves the right to vary the maximum duration in exceptional circumstances.
Full Application Submission
To apply for funding under this call you will need to complete and submit your Full Application via the ECLAIMS IT System.
Please note: the ECLAIMS IT System can only be access from within the UK.
Full Applications submitted in the ECLAIMS IT System after the call closing date shown above and on the call specification will not be appraised.
If you do not already have access to the ECLAIMS IT system, please request an ‘ECLAIMS External Access Form’ by emailing [email protected]
You will need to request an External Access Form for each person in your organisation who requires access.
It is your responsibility to ensure you request and activate your ECLAIMS access in sufficient time. We strongly advise that you obtain and activate your ECLAIMS access at least 2 weeks prior to the advertised call closure date, if not sooner.
You are also advised to read the details in the call specification in order to produce an application that complies with the requirements and meets the needs set out in the ESF Operational Programme. All this information, the related guidance and the European Social Fund Operational Programme can be found from our homepage.
The published ESF Online Full Application Guidance also provides step-by-step advice on how to complete your Full Application using the ECLAIMS IT system. ESF Online Full Application Guidance.
If you encounter any technical difficulties completing or submitting your Full Application via the ECLAIMS IT system, please send an email to [email protected]
The technical support operating hours are Monday to Friday, from 8am to 6pm and it is your responsibility to ensure you seek and technical advice in sufficient time to complete and submit your Full Application before the published call closure date.
The Managing Authority reserves the right to reject applications which are incomplete or not submitted in a timely and compliant way.
If you have any questions about the Call Specification or ESF Online Full Application Guidance, please contact [email protected]. This address should not be used to request technical support.
Published 30 September 2020 Contents