A Story by Christina Gabbitas, Illustrated by Alicia Abbott & Adam Storch, Animation by INIT Creative

COMPETITION – PEN A POEM OR WRITE A SONG

CALLING ALL YOUNG PEOPLE 12-21!

Multi Award-Winning Author and Honorary Member of the NSPCC Council Christina Gabbitas, invites you to pen a poem or write song covering  County Lines Exploitation, and associated topics, including; cuckooing, debt bondage, and knife crime, through the art of writing. We believe that poetry and songs have the power to provoke thought, inspire change, and give voice to the unheard. 

Note from Christina Gabbitas: To ensure understanding, my current national initiative focuses on providing EDUCATION to children and young people who may have limited knowledge about county lines exploitation. I am fortunate to have the backing of numerous organisations, Police, youth workers, lived experience, as well as parents of children who have directly experienced the impacts of this issue.

Express your thoughts through verses that captivate and engage. Let your creativity flow and help us raise awareness about these important topics.

Not only will you have the opportunity to share your work with a supportive community, but we’ll also be selecting some exceptional pieces to be featured in a special book publication. Imagine seeing your words in print, making an impact on others and sparking conversations!

So, if you’re ready to take on this challenge and be part of something meaningful, here’s what you need to do:

If you are aged 12 to 21 and would like to showcase your talent, join Christina and the judges in this powerful poetry/song project.

Christina will be joined by several judges from poets, musicians, lived experience, youth workers, Police, and other organisations, who are all volunteering their time to help. Judges can be viewed further down the page.

Set your imagination free and let your words paint a vivid picture. Viewing the story Trapped in County Lines will help you to understand the topics…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4-G0khboAQ

Email your poems by 30th June 2024 to info@christinagabbitas.com.

Please state your name, age, school or university, and title of poem in your email.

Remember, your words have the power to make a difference. Let’s use poetry, and songs as a tool for change and raise awareness about these crucial issues. 

Entries are open from 1st March until 30th June 2024:

There will be two categories:

12-16 and 17-21.

We have twenty five judges from all corners of the UK, from poets, police personnel, young people, to lived experience. Judges can be found below.

Winners announced online on International Youth Day Monday 12th August 2024.

The prizes: £200 vouchers for a store of your choice for the overall winner: 2nd place £100, 3rd place £50.00

The top 50 poems/songs to be published in a book. 

MEET THE JUDGES

Christina has reached out to individuals who have engaged with her on the topics covered.

Christina Gabbitas

Author & Honorary Member of NSPCC Council, Coronation Champion, Point of Light Award Winner.

Founder of Children’s Literature Festivals charity.

Discover more…


Click here


Michael Bradley

Michael “Mickey” Bradley is the bassist for the Northern Irish pop punk band The Undertones. Bradley is also a radio producer for BBC Radio Foyle and presented a one-hour programme on Radio Ulster: “After Midnight with Mickey Bradley

Discover more…


Click here

Quinton Milise

Author, Poet Spoken Word Artist, Youth Mentor, Knife Crime Victim Support.

Discover more…


Click here


Nathan Parker

Spoken Artist, Youth Worker and Author, Blackpool

Discover more…


Click here

Fran Naughton

York & Selby Police Commander Superintendent 

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anne

Anne Rannard

Protect Lead , National County Lines Coordination Centre (NCA)

Detective Inspector – Merseyside Police

Discover more…


Click here

Kerrin Wilson QPM

Strategic Leader Policing, Business and 3rd Sector Organisations, Lincolnshire

Kerrin Wilson2018
jim gamble

Jim Gamble QPM

CEO INEQE Safeguarding Group, Belfast

Discover more…


Click here

Mandy Chapman &
PD Baloo

Retired Met 30 Years – Volunteers with Wellbeing Retired Police Dog Baloo. Awarded Point of Light 2024.

Discover more…


Click here

MandyChapman
Byron

Byron Highton

Anti Knife Crime and Life Coach JJEffect CIC

Discover more…


Click here

Kimberley C Lamb

Legitimacy and Public Service Director, Bedfordshire Police

kim
LauraBainbridge

Laura Bainbridge

Senior Lecturer in Criminal Justice in the School of Law University of Leeds.

Specialising in violence reduction, cuckooing victimisation, and tagging.

Steve Croshaw

Community Safety Project Manager Warwickshire

Discover more…


Click here

croshaw
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Police Sergeant Mel Standbrook

Education Partnerships Lincolnshire Police

Detective Sergeant Sheralyn Melton

East Exploitation Team Lancashire Police

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Larraine

Lorraine Jones Burrell

Pastor, CEO Dwayne Simpson Foundation CIC

Nathan Paul Southern

Investigative Reporter & Security Analyst, Scotland


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Discover more…

Nathan.P. Southern
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Kelly Broadbent

North Yorkshire Services Manager for St Giles Trust

PC Michael Caulfield

Humberside Police Community Beat Manager, Hull

mike
donavon

Donavan Christopher

Author, Poet & Spoken Word Artist, Huddersfield

Steve Arnott

Founder and CEO of Beats Bus, Hull

Discover more…


Click here

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Adam & Brendan Storch

INIT Creative, Hull

Discover more…


Click here

Ann Marie Christian

International Safeguarding Consultant: Child Protection

Discover more…


Click here

Anne Marie Christian, Child 1st Consultancy gives a talk to staff at a school in Wimbledon teaching H&S and how to safeguard their pupils and how to safeguard yourself and not be vulnerable.
DeanCoady

Dean Coady OBE SMRC

Managing Director of Urban Pure Solutions, Gang and Street-Crime Specialist

Discover more…


Click here

Jenny Griffiths

Modern Slavery Human Trafficking Training and Partnerships Coordinator – West Yorkshire Police

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Will Davis

Musician, Graphic Design & Digital Marketer

Alicia Abbott

Animator & Character Artist

University of the Arts London

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Bawp

British Association of Women in Policing

Mission is to ensure that women’s voices in policing are both heard and understood.

Discover more…


Click here

Alfie Bradley

 Artist and Creator of the Knife Angel

Discover more…


Click here

Alfie Bradley
NICK

PCSO Nick Ellis Humberside Police

PCSO over 20 years in North Lincolnshire

PCSO Lisa Howie Humberside Police

PCSO North Lincolnshire

Lisa
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North Yorkshire Police Schools Liaison Team

The aim of the North Yorkshire Police School Liaison Team is keeping children and young people out of the criminal justice system.

Ian Hughes Detective Chief Inspector

Serious Violence Unit, Operational Police Command, Essex Police

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Superintendent Helen Brear

West Yorkshire Police

Suzanne Gall

Detective Inspector West Yorkshire Police, County Lines Co-ordinator

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Jayden Foster

Police Cadet

Lou Hardy

Creative Director of Penguin Acting and Theatre Productions

Discover more…


Click here

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Androulla Nicolaou

Child Exploitation Prevention OfficerChild exploitation TeamAvon and Somerset Police

Cate Moore

Service Delivery Manager Restorative JusticeIndependent Chair of Lincolnshire Police Ethics Panel.
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The Rabbit Hole Bookshop

Brigg, North Lincolnshire 

Discover more…


Click here

Brendan Ross

London Skills and Employment Manager at St Giles Trust.

Discover more…


Click here

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Ronnie Tucker

Sheffield, South Yorkshire

Discover more…


Click here

David Niven

Thoughts on the Social World podcast on safeguarding and is on the International Advisory Board of the Global Institute for Social Work.

Discover more…


Click here

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Sue McTague

Education Specialist, South East London

Ann Marie Christian

International Safeguarding Consultant

Discover more…


Click here

Anne Marie Christian, Child 1st Consultancy gives a talk to staff at a school in Wimbledon teaching H&S and how to safeguard their pupils and how to safeguard yourself and not be vulnerable.
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Eleanor Hancock

Creative Poet and Writer from Derby

Ivan Humble

Anti Hate Campaigner and Lived Experience Support worker

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Terms & Conditions:

All work must be the entrants own. All words will be checked for plagiarism. Copyright of all work to remain with the individuals. Upon entering the competition everyone agrees to having their work published online, and in our book/publication at no charge. Any profits from sales of the book will be donated to NSPCC Childline, charity number: 216401. All fifty individuals published, will receive a free copy of the book. This is a voluntary initiative organised by Christina Gabbitas. Contact: info@christinagabbitas.com Tel: 07852 804999

COMPETITION!
PEN A POEM OR WRITE A SONG

CALLING ALL YOUNG PEOPLE 12-21!

Multi Award-Winning Author and Honorary Member of the NSPCC Council Christina Gabbitas, invites you to pen a poem or write song covering  County Lines Exploitation, and associated topics, including; cuckooing, debt bondage, and knife crime, through the art of writing. We believe that poetry and songs have the power to provoke thought, inspire change, and give voice to the unheard. 

Note from Christina Gabbitas: To ensure understanding, my current national initiative focuses on providing EDUCATION to children and young people who may have limited knowledge about county lines exploitation. I am fortunate to have the backing of numerous organisations, Police, youth workers, lived experience, as well as parents of children who have directly experienced the impacts of this issue.

 

Express your thoughts through verses that captivate and engage. Let your creativity flow and help us raise awareness about these important topics.

Not only will you have the opportunity to share your work with a supportive community, but we’ll also be selecting some exceptional pieces to be featured in a special book publication. Imagine seeing your words in print, making an impact on others and sparking conversations!

So, if you’re ready to take on this challenge and be part of something meaningful, here’s what you need to do:

If you are aged 12 to 21 and would like to showcase your talent, join Christina and the judges in this powerful poetry/song project.

Christina will be joined by several judges from poets, musicians, lived experience, youth workers, Police, and other organisations, who are all volunteering their time to help. Judges can be viewed further down the page.

Set your imagination free and let your words paint a vivid picture. Viewing the story Trapped in County Lines will help you to understand the topics…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4-G0khboAQ

Email your poems by 30th June 2024 to info@christinagabbitas.com.

Please state your name, age, school or university, and title of poem in your email.

Remember, your words have the power to make a difference. Let’s use poetry, and songs as a tool for change and raise awareness about these crucial issues. 

Entries are open from 1st March until 30th June 2024:

There will be two categories:

12-16 and 17-21.

We have twenty five judges from all corners of the UK, from poets, police personnel, young people, to lived experience. Judges can be found below.

Winners announced online on International Youth Day Monday 12th August 2024.

The prizes: £200 vouchers for a store of your choice for the overall winner: 2nd place £100, 3rd place £50.00

The top 50 poems/songs to be published in a book. 

MEET THE JUDGES

Christina has reached out to individuals who have engaged with her on the topics covered.

Christina Gabbitas

Author & Honorary Member of NSPCC Council, Coronation Champion, Point of Light Award Winner.

Founder of Children’s Literature Festivals charity.

Discover more…


Click here

MB1

Michael Bradley

Michael “Mickey” Bradley is the bassist for the Northern Irish pop punk band The Undertones. Bradley is also a radio producer for BBC Radio Foyle and presented a one-hour programme on Radio Ulster: “After Midnight with Mickey Bradley

Discover more…


Click here

Quinton Milise

Author, Poet Spoken Word Artist, Youth Mentor, Knife Crime Victim Support.

QuintonMil

Discover more…


Click here

ParkerWords

Nathan Parker

Spoken Artist, Youth Worker and Author, Blackpool

Discover more…


Click here

Fran Naughton

York & Selby Police Commander Superintendent

fran
anne

Anne Rannard

Protect Lead , National County Lines Coordination Centre (NCA)

Detective Inspector – Merseyside Police

Discover more…


Click here

Kerrin Wilson QPM

Strategic Leader Policing, Business and 3rd Sector Organisations, Northumbria

Kerrin Wilson2018
jim gamble

Jim Gamble QPM

CEO INEQE Safeguarding Group, Belfast

Discover more…


Click here

Mandy Chapman & PD Baloo

Retired Met 30 Years – Volunteers with Wellbeing Retired Police Dog Baloo. Awarded Point of Light 2024.

MandyChapman

Discover more…


Click here

Byron

Byron Highton

Anti Knife Crime and Life Coach JJEffect CIC

Discover more…


Click here

Kimberley C Lamb

Legitimacy and Public Service Director, Bedfordshire Police

kim
LauraBainbridge

Laura Bainbridge

Senior Lecturer in Criminal Justice in the School of Law University of Leeds.

Specialising in violence reduction, cuckooing victimisation, and tagging.

Steve Croshaw

Community Safety Project Manager Warwickshire

croshaw

Discover more…


Click here

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Police Sergeant Mel Standbrook

Education Partnerships Lincolnshire Police

Detective Sergeant Sheralyn Melton

East Exploitation Team Lancashire Police

sheryl
Larraine

Lorraine Jones Burrell

Pastor, CEO Dwayne Simpson Foundation CIC

Nathan Paul Southern

Investigative Reporter & Security Analyst, Scotland

Nathan.P. Southern

Discover more…


Click here

IMG_7081

Kelly Broadbent

North Yorkshire Services Manager for St Giles Trust

PC Michael Caulfield

Humberside Police Community Beat Manager, Hull

mike
donavon

Donavan Christopher

Author, Poet & Spoken Word Artist, Huddersfield

Steve Arnott

Founder and CEO of Beats Bus, Hull

Screenshot 2024-02-29 at 18.10.26 (2)

Discover more…


Click here

INIT2

Adam & Brendan Storch

INIT Creative, Hull

Discover more…


Click here

DeanCoady

Dean Coady OBE SMRC

Managing Director of Urban Pure Solution Gang and Street-Crime Specialist

Discover more…


Click here

Jenny Griffiths

Modern Slavery Human Trafficking Training and Partnerships Coordinator – West Yorkshire Police

JennyGriffiths
IMG_37641

Will Davis

Musician, Graphic Design & Digital Marketer

Alicia Abbott

Animator & Character Artist
University of the Arts London

alicia
Bawp

British Association of Women in Policing

Mission is to ensure that women’s voices in policing are both heard and understood.

Discover more…


Click here

Alfie Bradley

Alfie Bradley

Artist and Creator of the Knife Angel

Discover more…


Click here

PCSO Nick Ellis Humberside Police

PCSO over 20 years in North Lincolnshire

NICK
Lisa

PCSO Lisa Howie Humberside Police

PCSO North Lincolnshire

North Yorkshire Police Schools Liaison Team

The aim of the North Yorkshire Police School Liaison Team is keeping children and young people out of the criminal justice system.

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Discover more…


Click here

Ian Hughes Detective Chief Inspector

Serious Violence Unit, Operational Police Command, Essex Police

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Superintendent Helen Brear

West Yorkshire Police

Suzanne Gall

Detective Inspector within West Yorkshire Police as a County Lines Co-ordinator

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Jayden Foster

Police Cadet

Lou Hardy

Creative Director of Penguin Acting and Theatre Productions

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Androulla Nicolaou

Child Exploitation Prevention Officer
Child exploitation Team
Avon and Somerset Police

Cate Moore

Service Delivery Manager Restorative Justice
Independent Chair of Lincolnshire Police Ethics Panel.

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The Rabbit Hole Bookshop Brigg

North Lincolnshire 

Discover more…


Click here

Brendan Ross

London Skills and Employment Manager at St Giles Trust.

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Discover more…


Click here

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David Niven

Thoughts on the Social World podcast on safeguarding and is on the International Advisory Board of the Global Institute for Social Work.

Discover more…


Click here

Ronnie Tucker

Sheffield

Screenshot_20240327_111503_Gallery

Discover more…


Click here

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Sue McTague

Education Specialist, South East London

Ann Marie Christian

International Safeguarding Consultant

Anne Marie Christian, Child 1st Consultancy gives a talk to staff at a school in Wimbledon teaching H&S and how to safeguard their pupils and how to safeguard yourself and not be vulnerable.

Discover more…


Click here

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Eleanor Hancock

Creative Poet and Writer from Derby

Ivan Humble

Anti Hate Campaigner and Lived Experience Support worker

fbt

Terms & Conditions

All work must be the entrants own. All words will be checked for plagiarism. Copyright of all work to remain with the individuals. Upon entering the competition everyone agrees to having their work published online, and in our book/publication at no charge. Any profits from sales of the book will be donated to NSPCC Childline, charity number: 216401. All fifty individuals published, will receive a free copy of the book. This is a voluntary initiative organised by Christina Gabbitas. Contact: info@christinagabbitas.com Tel: 07852 804999