Parents who are worried that their children are involved in a gang will be able to seek advice from a new helpline service which is being launched by Britain’s leading children’s charity.
According to the NSPCC, one in six children aged 13-15 knows someone in a gang.
Lishon Jnr, a rapper and singer-songwriter from Manchester, told us about his experience of gangs, and what made him turn his back on them.
Now the charity says it has trained counsellors to deal with calls from concerned parents, after receiving Home Office funding.
The project is part of the government's Ending Gang and Youth Violence programme, which has highlighted 33 local authorities in England where gangs are an issue.
In the North West, potential problem areas include Knowsley, Liverpool, Manchester, Oldham, and Salford.