Do You Know Where Your Children Are at Night?

Wednesday 12th August 2020

Ards and North Down Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) is working in conjunction with the PSNI and other partners in an attempt to reduce the number of instances of anti-social behaviour at hotspots across our borough – and parents are being encouraged to take an active role…

Drive to reduce anti-social behaviour in Ards and North Down

Another spate of anti-social behaviour at Ards Blair Mayne Wellbeing and Leisure Complex earlier this week highlighted the need for a concerted community effort in tackling these issues that can ultimately have a detrimental effect on the lives of everyone in Ards and North Down.

Chair of Ards and North Down’s PCSP, Councillor Nick Mathison, said:

"Council Officers and local youth workers, supported by Ards & North Down PCSP, have been engaging extensively with local young people. We have seen real progress in reducing anti-social behaviour so I was very disappointed to hear about another incident of criminal damage at Ards Blair Mayne Wellbeing and Leisure Complex.

“It’s a small minority that seek to cause this damage so we must all play our part in helping to prevent further incidents. Our work with young people will continue and we urge parents to make sure they know where their children and young people are. Facilities such as this are here for everyone to use so we must all promote a message of respect for the facilities across our borough.”

Parents are being encouraged to ensure they know where their child is, what they are doing and who they are with. Communication is key and children should be aware of the risks as well as the potential consequences of drinking alcohol, taking drugs and getting involved in anti-social behaviour.

To help, parents should:

-  Stay in contact with their child while they are out.
-  Check in with other parents.
-  Meet their child’s friends.
-  Give them a curfew.
-  Ensure transport has been arranged to get them home.

By working together, the number of anti-social behaviour incidents can be reduced and will make Ards and North Down a better place to live for everyone.