Unrest in Derry - EA Youth Service statement

Friday, 24th May 2019

Following the unrest in Derry last night Arlene Kee, the Education Authority’s Assistant Director of Children and Young People’s Services has issued a statement:

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“As part of our ongoing work in the area, the Statutory and Voluntary youth service providers organised a range of activities including educational visits and outdoor education activities for approximately 160 young people.

“Youth workers were also involved in on-street engagement within the outer north area where young people had gathered to socialise. Most of the night was quiet, however there were a number of incidents when young people engaged in behaviour that put them and the community at risk.

“Our main aim was to keep young people safe and our youth workers on the ground worked with the PSNI to try and minimise the impact on the community and resolve the issues as quickly as possible.” 

Arlene Kee said the Education Authority is continuing to work with partners in the area to prevent young people getting involved in this sort of activity.

“If any young person finds themselves in a position where they are caught up in behaviour that could negatively affect their life, we would urge them to drop into a local youth club and speak to a member of staff who will be able to provide help and support.”

Last modified: 30/05/2019