ANTISOCIAL behaviour involving ‘a very small number of young people and families’ are being addressed through multiple agencies, the government has said.
The Children, Young People, Education and Skills Department and the States of Jersey Police have been working together with a number of departments, services, partners and parishes to ‘share information on what is happening in the community’ and ‘step up resources where required’.
A government spokesperson made the comments after several residents of Les Cinq Chênes spoke out about recent antisocial behaviour, including young people ‘throwing stones and damaging property’ – despite an increased police presence in the area.
Children’s commissioner Deborah McMillan said the children allegedly involved were not ‘untouchable’ – as had been suggested by some Islanders reacting to the news online – and added the authorities did have the necessary powers to address the problem.
A government spokesperson said: ‘Departments across the government continue to work with multi-agencies to address antisocial behaviour issues involving a very small number of young people and families.
‘This involves direct support for the young people and families through social care, education, police, health, housing, family and community support, Andium [Homes], Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, Customer and Local Services, and the parish and honorary police.
‘The Youth Service team also work hard in the community to engage with young people in positive activities and build positive relationships through their outreach work.’