||<p>Regarding the number of children in need assessments undertaken in which criminal
exploitation through county lines was identified as a potential risk to the child’s
life, the information requested is not held centrally.</p><p> </p><p>As part of the
Children in Need census, we collect factors identified at the end of the assessment.
These factors include trafficking, gangs and child sexual exploitation. However, this
information gives no specific indication of county lines involvement or a risk to
the child’s life. The information in fact indicates that the child has been referred
and assessed by the local authority and that these issues were a factor at the end
of assessment.</p><p> </p><p>Information on the number of factors identified at the
end of assessment, including trafficking, gangs and child sexual exploitation, is
published in table C3 of the ‘Characteristics of children in need’ statistical release,
which can be viewed at the following link: <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/statistics-children-in-need"