" I was lucky enough to observe Leo give a talk on county lines at a local secondary school. It’s not easy to keep 150 parents and children engaged for any length of time after school on a Friday evening, but over the course of the next two hours, when Leo spoke you could hear a pin drop. He told us what vocabulary to listen out for from the young people and what it meant. He explained which sort of ‘friends’ weren’t to be trusted and why. He even got some of the children to role-play likely scenarios. Leo’s talk is a must-see for teenagers and their carers, whether deemed ‘at-risk’ or not, as well as anyone involved in the well-being of young people in London and beyond."
Broadcast Journalist – Reporter
BBC Radio London
BBC London News
" Leo came to talk to us about County Lines in January 2022. Although many students were aware of the existence of County Lines, few were aware of what devastating impact being involved with County Lines can have on young people's lives. Leo brought it to life for us in a sensitive but direct and honest way. We left the session feeling that students are now well equipped to recognise the warning signs of grooming and how to protect themselves, their peers, and their communities from drug gangs. In short, Leo was fantastic and by the last session, the corridor was filled with extra staff members coming to listen too. "
Mrs R Killi
Head of Year 9
Southend High School for Girls
" I had the opportunity to attend County Lines Training presented by Leo Powell and I am so glad I did. It enabled me to grasp the landscape in a multidimensional way both as a parent and criminal justice expert.
Leo's energy, passion for young people and mastery of the subject provides for a truly interesting journey through comprehensive slides backed up by researched evidence on this most awful situation facing our young people. It is no longer a case of it's not in my back yard, or a problem for black families in London to deal with.
We all have a stake in safeguarding vulnerable people, eliminating human trafficking and child sexual expliotation. This training is pertinent for professionals in education and those working with children caught up in this or at risk of being recruited, as well as drug users of all persuasions- especially middle class professionals need to know the devastating impact of recreational drug use. Parents also learn what to look out for and how to protect children online. There is something to learn for everyone in this course because the topic cuts across all sections of society- I highly recommend it "
Dr Andrea Charles Fidelis
Founder and CEO | UK Digital Training Group
"THANK YOU for a brilliant assembly, the children asked LOTS of questions afterwards - in fact we spent over an hour discussing it and other questions that were raised as a result of your assembly"
Year 6 Teacher
Leo Powell’s workshop was excellent. He really gave the parents, staff, students and members of the community a real understanding of the dangers of county lines and gangs. A real insight into how we can all do more to support young people and stop them falling into the trap.
Woodside High School
" Superb session tonight with Leo Powell . His passion, knowledge and innate ability to simplify this horrible world of exploitation is second to none I've come across. If all professionals are empowered with his knowledge to help and guide young people so many more can be saved the trauma of county lines "
Child Exploitation Detective
West Midlands Police
" I have known Leo Powell for a couple of years in my capacity as Community Safety Manager in North London.
I have attended training by him, commissioned by local organisations on subjects related to youth crime, which have been insightful, interesting and well presented.
I have found him to be professional in his approach to work in this sector and is a charismatic and well-prepared speaker, who has an appealing style for a wide range of audiences.
I have invited him to speak and support Council run events many times and he has always provided an outstanding and professional service.
I am pleased to say that we have been able to include his work in a wider application for funding, which, if successful will enable us to enhance the provision locally, working with local people and organisations.
I have no hesitation in recommending Leo for this area of work. "
Head of Community Safety
London Borough of Enfield
" Massive thanks to Leo Powell for delivering a really hard hitting educational session to parents, students and local community at Chace on County Lines. So many of our young teenagers are being sucked in by the techniques used and it’s essential that parents and students know more about County Lines so we can pick up early signs of grooming! Thanks for helping keep our kids safe as always
Leo Powell ."
Chace Community School
" Just wanted to say a big thank you for attending ECYPS youth forum and sharing your presentation on County Lines. This is a very heated topic and effecting many young people. The delivery of your presentation was absolutely amazing, you had a wealth of experience and knowledge on the topic. Organisations that attended found it very useful and informative, I noticed that everyone was trying to book you for more presentation. Thank you once again, I look forward to working with you again in the near future alongside parents in the community. "
Youth Development Coordinator
Enfield Children & Young Person's Services (ECYPS)
" In his capacity as a youth pastor at my church, Leo is always available to advise parents. When I've been concerned about my son's welfare, he has provided me with a clear understanding of county lines and gang culture when I haven't had a clue about either. He has readily mentored my teenage son and did so with warmth, empathy and humour. I have also heard him speak powerfully to larger audiences where he has a gift at communicating important issues affecting our young people today. "
Single parent to a teenage son
" I am writing to recommend Mr Leo Powell, who is a youth motivational speaker, mentor and coach.
I have attended his youth empowering sessions where he has made presentations on issues that young people face in this generation.
His presentation on County Lines is an eye opener for many parents, young people and community leaders about the latest grooming and drug world that our vulnerable young people face. His presentations also provide solutions to the challenges we face as a community, where we are losing our young people to the world of crime.
Mr Powell has supported Enfield Council initiatives to create awareness and tackle youth crime in the borough.
I am recommending and supporting the work that Mr Powell is doing and hope that you will give him the same support. "
Cllr Nneka Keazor
London Borough of Enfield
" Leo’s presentation was pitched at the right level to suit the audience, he included slang words to help parents know what they meant, and he also explained how young people are groomed into the County Lines industry. It was a very powerful talk and helped equip parents to look out for signs but more importantly he spoke to the parents about their role in protecting their children from the risk of exploitation."
Rosa Trout (Host)
Bournemouth Walk for Freedom
" It was a great event you organised. I found everybody engaging and it was lovely to speak to the young people afterwards to get their opinions. Leo was brilliant and he definitely captured his audience.
It was clear to see how passionate everybody was and willing to go that extra mile to make the event work."
" I found it helpful as I have 3 boys and the terminology really stuck with me! I now understand what they are talking about. It has helped me to know what to look out for and how to safeguard my sons and make sure they are safe."
Mother to three teenage boys
" The insight Leo gave us helped me so much to understand what County Lines is as I was suspicious, but I am reassured my son is not involved, … it has helped me monitor my son more closely. "
Mother of 15 year old son
" Fantastic having Leo Powell deliver a session to our year 6 pupils on County Lines. Highly recommend this workshop to all schools for the children and young people "
Pastoral Care Manager
Lancasterian Primary School
" I think it was so useful like I didn’t know that was going on so was definitely useful for me and showed me what to look out for. Also Leo was engaging coz he was so passionate but also added humour which kept everyone interested "
Sara (aged 16)
" The county lines training Leo provided was very informative and delivered with great passion which engaged the audience and captured there attention throughout. The subject matter was targeted perfectly for both adults and children, and meet with gratitude at the end of the training. I would highly recommend Leo and the training he delivers. The charity look forward to working with him again in future projects "
Family based solutions
" Was really good and learnt a lot more than I already knew. Leo’s a great speaker too. He’s very understanding and can answer any question! "
Kelly (aged 16)
" Leo is not only an incredible communicator he has the ability to articulate his message to his audience with sincerity, humility and passion. I came away from Leo’s talk thinking that was one of the best contextually theological relevant talks I have ever heard. Leo used his own life story alongside the Gospel narrative to inspire, challenge and equip the audience to hope for more than their present reality. A truly humble man with an extraordinary gift! "
Church of England Ordinand
HMYOI Feltham Chapel
" It was a pleasure to have Leo's support during the formative years of my son. Leo is one of the youth workers from Church. He is passionate about helping the youths and was an excellent mentor and role model for the youth especially boys. His support help to keep my son on the right path. Thank you for your support Leo.
God bless you."
" Fantastic County Lines Awareness training delivered to the team today by Leo Powell. Great feedback from the staff and would highly recommend the training to other organisations.
Thanks Leo Powell - you were a really engaging facilitator."
Head of Housing Needs
Homes for Haringey