Wednesday 19 June 2019

Progress has been made says Oberstown team

Management at Oberstown Children's Detention Campus have responded to the latest HIQA report on the facility, saying it has put in place new procedures to deal with the areas of concern identified in the report and says the recently released report highlights the progress it is making and acknowledges that further work is needed.

The Board and management at Oberstown, issued a statement to the Fingal Independent, saying: 'The Board and campus management welcome the report which highlights the progress made within Oberstown throughout the complex change programme underway at the campus. The report notes the changes in the physical setting at Oberstown and the improved accommodation available to all young people on remand and/or on committal orders. Specific areas inspected included restrictive practices, care planning, medication management and training. It is acknowledged within the report that improvements have been made and further work is required.'

Detailing how it has responded to the report, Oberstown management said: 'An action plan was submitted to the Authority in September 2015 by the campus management outlining the actions taken to address the recommendations and the time lines for further actions to be completed in Oberstown. This action plan was accepted by the Authority and work is underway to remedy the deficits identified.

'A training program for the management of challenging behaviour is currently being implemented across the campus for Residential Care Workers and Night Supervising Officers. This training is scheduled to have been completed by the end of 2015 in line with our action plan. Monitoring of medication management has identified significant improvements and a review of the policy on medication management has been completed and due to be submitted to the Board for approval in October 2015. Training on medication management will then be provided to staff.'

The statement adds: 'A review of the single separation policy on the campus has been undertaken and a revised policy is due to be submitted to the Board at the October 2015 meeting. Ongoing monitoring of the use of single separation is undertaken by the campus. The Board and campus management will also be cooperating fully with the Department of Children and Youth Affairs review as announced by Minister Reilly. A series of actions has been undertaken to support staff on campus and manage specific areas including absenteeism and staff supervision. Since the 28th September a new roster for the Residential Care Workers has been agreed and introduced and this provides a basis for better delivery of care throughout the campus.'

Fingal Independent