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Staff hit by injuries at detention centre

INJURIES to staff and people on sick leave are adding to a litany of issues surrounding staffing levels at the Oberstown juvenile detention campus in north Dublin, according to one member of staff.

There are three child detention schools on the campus in Lusk which have in the past operated separately as Trinity House, Oberstown Boys and Oberstown Girls.

More than 200 staff are employed on the site, providing 24/7 supervision.

One staff member, who did not want to be named, said that while rostering had posed one problem to the opening of the eight-bed unit, there were other issues including staff out on sick leave – some through injuries.

"Because many of the juveniles coming through now are older, they pose more of a physical threat and staff are not trained to deal with them."

Problems are also posed with mixing younger and older juveniles.

Irish Independent