Thursday 23 May 2019

Oberstown campus improving but work still to do, reports HIQA

John Manning

The latest HIQA report on the Oberstown Children's Detention Campus in Lusk shows the facility is making improvements but still has work to do.

The report was recently published and is based on a site visit that took place at the campus in March of this year.

Management at the campus said they 'noted' the report.

In a statement issued to the Fingal Independent, Oberstown Children's Detention Campus management said: 'The unannounced full inspection took place over five days during which inspectors met with children and staff on the campus as well as professionals from other agencies. Inspectors also analysed data, and reviewed documentation such as children's care files and placement plans, policies and procedures, and minutes of staff, management and board meetings.

'The report finds the campus substantially compliant or compliant across five areas. It contains no findings of major non-compliance, and a reduction in the number of non-compliance findings overall compared with last year's HIQA report.'

The statement continues: 'Oberstown accepts the findings of HIQA's report and has developed a comprehensive Action Plan, currently being implemented.

Oberstown Director Pat Bergin said: 'We continue to work to ensure that all our practices are in line with national and international standards, and we are pleased that today's HIQA report documents significant improvement in terms of care of children, children's rights, safety and security, health and education. We have developed an Action Plan, accepted by HIQA, which will help us address some of the observations made in the report. Many of these actions are already underway and in place.'

Chair of the Board of Management Ursula Kilkelly said: 'The last year has seen steady and consistent progress in Oberstown after a period of major change, and this is noted in the report. The Action Plan we have developed along with the ambitious three-year Oberstown strategy already in place, will help us make the necessary further improvements to achieve the best possible care for young people on campus.'

Fingal Independent