Families Learning About Thinking Skills (FLATS) Online Intervention – County Lines Pathfinder (July 2021)

Summary: Attached is the description and further information concerning FLAT intervention for children potentially affected by criminal exploitation, including through ‘county lines'. 



Families Learning About Thinking Skills (FLATS) is an intensive intervention programme, run over 16-weeks with children that were deemed to be impacted by criminal exploitation, including county lines and comprised of:

  • Weekly 2-hour group sessions for children
  • Weekly 1:1 sessions for children
  • Access to facilitators outside of these sessions (e.g. through WhatsApp) for support with applying skills in ‘real life’ situations.
  • On-going practical and emotional support to caregivers, to address their own needs and/or barriers which might prevent them from supporting their child.

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, FLATS was piloted online with a small group of children believed to be at risk of criminal exploitation, between October 2020 and March 2021.

A review of digital and online interventions was undertaken to help inform the strategy for the programme. Delivering FLATS online produced a range of challenges for practitioners, young people and caregivers alike;

Attached are the following:



YOT: Suffolk County Council Pathfinder lead
Name: Catherine Bennett
Email: Catherine.Bennett@suffolk.gov.uk