Young people


Young people are invariably seen as the main perpetrators of anti-social behaviour (ASB). There is however a significant amount of evidence which suggests young people are likely if not more likely to be the victims of ASB than other age groups. Most young people are considerate and respectful, but some may be influenced by others. If you are concerned about a young person’s involvement in ASB, this can include congregating in large intimidating groups, organised fights or vandalism, then the following information may be useful.

Ideas for you

Devon and Cornwall Police are the primary agency to report to when it comes to youth ASB. If you experience incidents of anti-social behaviour, please call Devon and Cornwall Police on:

Non Emergency call: 101

Or use the online form at and click “Report”

Emergencies: If a crime is happening or there is an immediate threat of harm call  999

Other things you can do are:

Report the activity to your local authority using the online form available here.

Things that might help

Gweres tus Yowynk Adolescent Service – Cornwall Council (GTY) is Cornish for ‘helping young people’ and was chosen as a name in collaboration with young people. The service is run by our Youth Justice Service and the adolescent service within Children and Family Services.

Young People Cornwall engages, inspires and supports young people across the county with youth work that makes a difference. They provide a host of weekly sessions, live social action projects and support.

Barnardo’s DICE Programme – a 4 week online parenting support programme DICE Programme within Cornwall – Barnardo’s Beacon (

Multi Agency Referral Unit (MARU) The MARU provides a multi-disciplinary response to concerns about the welfare or safety of a child or young person. This is in line with Statutory Guidance from Our Safeguarding Children Partnership for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Child protection and safeguarding – Cornwall Council.