The Government is deploying 10 special taskforces to help stop vulnerable young people becoming involved in county lines and criminal activity.
The taskforces will provide targeted support in areas where incidents of serious youth violence are highest.
Led by local schools, the support will focus on improving pupils’ attendance and reducing the likelihood of young people being permanently excluded from school.
The areas to receive help are Birmingham, Bradford, Haringey, Lambeth, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newham, Sheffield and Southwark.
Children and families minister Will Quince said: 'Keeping young people engaged with their education has never been more important. These taskforces are helping school leaders and vital support services work together to support some of the most vulnerable young people across the country, helping to keep them on the right track and stop them missing lessons.'
Alternative Provision Specialist Taskforces will also be working with 22 schools to offer intensive support from experts to reduce the risk to these pupils of being exploited.