The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone TD, today welcomed the most recent inspection report from the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) into the Oberstown Children Detention Campus (Oberstown).
HIQA conducted the announced inspection over three days, 16 – 18 July, 2019 (inclusive).
Overall this is a very positive report on the progress that has been made, and continues to be made, on the Oberstown Campus. The Minister noted the many areas of improvement and expressed her thanks to the Director, local management and staff of the Campus. The Minister also conveyed her thanks to the Chair and members of the Board of Management, for driving the changes over the past few years. She also commended them for their strong commitment to a culture of continuous improvement as highlighted by the HIQA report.
The Minister commented:
This inspection was conducted under two main areas:
While very positive overall, HIQA has identified a small number of areas where improvement is necessary. These areas will be dealt with as outlined in the Action Plan which forms part of the report. They will be dealt with over the coming months and will include a review of staff supervision, as well as an overarching campus policy in relation to restrictive procedures with the aim to further reduce the use of restrictive practices and ensure there is oversight and systems monitoring.
The Minister concluded: