Just over two years ago I remember attending a multi-agency event with representatives from social work, education, health, housing and various other statutory and voluntary sector providers, as planning had begun for the development of the latest iteration of the Children’s Services Plan for 2020 – 2023. I recall speaking with a colleague from housing and discussing the high volume of coverage in the media of the “county lines” phenomenon south of the Border, particularly in the Greater London area. I reflected on the fact that within the world of youth justice in Edinburgh, we appeared to have been mercifully spared this particular model of drug supply. I was curious whether within housing circles there were any emerging indicators of phenomena such as “cuckooing”. The response did not fill me with hope. Housing colleagues had begun to notice the tell-tale signs – properties raided, burner phones seized, drug paraphernalia recovered.