Published On: Thu, Dec 5th, 2013

Government is going to tackle youth delinquency

Justice1WILLEMSTAD - The Ministries of Justice and Social Development, Labor and Welfare (SOAW) will start in January with a pilot project to tackle juvenile delinquency. This project will last about 2 years and 6 months. The Minister of Justice made this announcement during the weekly press conference of the Council of Ministers in Fort Amsterdam. The pilot project is aimed at young people aged 12 to 18 years who are on the wrong path.

According to project manager Mildred Fransisca this project will bear fruit because the right people have been approached to bring it to a success. This means that young people who are referred to the juvenile probation or juvenile detention not only get community service or jail, but also get the necessary guidance to come to the right path.

“The issue is currently very urgent,” says Fransisca. “We observe that our youth continues to deteriorate. We have also seen the current figures for youth unemployment. Action is desperately needed.” According to the project leader, the problems among youth are also due to the adults. "One way or the other we do not give enough attention to the youth. Because of this they fall into a negative spiral. We are dealing with minors. This means that it is very important that parents are involved. Finally, we cannot do anything without their permission,” says Fransisca.

The pilot project is funded by the Crime Fund. The cost is 3 million guilders.

By Aruna Jhagru

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