Police Officer, Trident Gang Crime Command
'Dr. Robinson has an expert level of insight into the County Lines drugs supply model and the Child Criminal Exploitation it invariably uses. Drugs markets adapt to consumer demand and enforcement activity at a rapid pace. Dr. Robinson has kept abreast of the ever-changing methodology of the Organised Crime Groups with continued research over several years. From an enforcement perspective, it is common to find that academic findings are conflicting with my own experiences of the drugs markets. However, Dr. Robinson is one of the few academics who appears to accurately document the bleak reality of the drugs markets and exploitative nature of County Lines.'
Paul Walmsley, Director Lewis Dunne Foundation
'During a three-year period, Dr. Robinson helped me to understand the lives of vulnerable and at-risk children and their families. Her research methods and empathetic approach guided my intervention processes. This then impacted on the responses, firstly as an intervention coach and then as a conduit, to inform local authorities of the difficulties these young people face. Working with gang-related issues, drug misuse, violent behaviour, historic family issues, community anti-social behaviour and county lines, Dr. Robinson was a huge component in my processes.'
Ben Lindsay, CEO Power The Fight
'Dr. Grace Robinson delivered County Lines training for Power The Fight and is a frequent contributor to the charity. Her expertise, delivery skills and ability to connect with a variety of people make her a pleasure to work with.'
Leo Powell, County Lines Trainer
'I am a County Lines Trainer & Facilitator delivering training across a wide range of organisations and sectors, ranging from primary schools to practitioners. Dr Grace Robinson’s research has been invaluable in helping me to understand in greater detail the area of County Lines, Gangs and Criminal Exploitation. Dr Grace Robinson’s in-depth knowledge and research has assisted me greatly in developing a comprehensive training tool, that is being received with open arms across the UK. I will be forever thankful for the advice, and the access she has allowed me to her research'
Paul Dearing, All Saints Catholic High School
'Dr. Grace Robinson has worked closely with our school, specifically on Liverpool gang culture and the threat of child criminal exploitation. Her up to date research and local knowledge, gave our pupils real insight into a problem which plagues our communities. Dr. Robinson was able to blend statistics, with human stories of tragedy, which had a real impact on our pupils. She was able to show them the real life implications of criminality and the effects on local people. As part of the Personal Development curriculum, Dr. Robinson was able to make the subject relevant, engaging and deeply moving.
Dr. Robinson also took the time to discuss HE with the students and her own experiences at university. Pupils left the session empowered, moved and inspired in equal measure. In the words of some of our students, "I am definitely going to do criminology at university now."
Our pupils love working with Dr. Robinson, for her knowledge, passion, generosity and dedication and it is always a real pleasure to welcome her into school. We know that pupils and staff will be thoroughly engaged by her expertise, warmth and humour.'