Council plans to tackle the exploitation of children across South Tyneside will be discussed at a community meeting next week.
Residents who live in East Shields and Whitburn are encouraged to come along to the next meeting of the Community Area Forum (CAF) to learn more about 'county lines'.
County lines is an emerging type of criminal exploitation linked with drug dealing and the transportation of drugs that affects vulnerable people of all ages, predominantly children.
Members will hear how the council plans to raise awareness of this issue with young people, the local business community and multi-agency workers across South Tyneside.
Chair of the East Shields and Whitburn CAF, Councillor Alex Donaldson, said: "County lines is becoming apparent in many towns and major cities across the UK.
"It is extremely important that members of the community are aware of the signs and type of language used amongst county line gangs and know where to report any concerns they may have.
"I am interested in hearing the plans surrounding this issue and listening to Members' views on the matter."
Councillors will also receive an update on palliative care proposals in South Tyneside.
The meeting will be held on Thursday 10 October at 6.00pm at St Gregory's Church Hall, St Gregory's Court, South Shields. Members of the public and press are welcome.