10th October 2018
On Tuesday 9th October 2018, the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) published its report on an unannounced inspection of Oberstown Children Detention Campus undertaken in March 2018.
The report found significant improvements in a number of areas, particularly the area of health, including medication management. Relationships between staff and children, education, and a strong emphasis on participation and consultation with children continue to be positive aspects of the care provided at Oberstown.
However, inspectors also found inadequate record-keeping on physical interventions used with children and the use of handcuffs on children within a secure environment. Although there had been a welcome reduction of 56% in the use of single separation, the number of incidences remains very high at 1,701 in 2017.
On publication of the HIQA inspection report of Oberstown Children Detention Campus, IPRT called for:
Further analysis of the report is included below.
HIQA inspectors assessed Oberstown against ten standards, and found:
Of particular note is the significant improvement under the health standard, including medication management, from ‘major non-compliance’ at the time of the last inspection report in March 2017 to full compliance in March 2018.
The inspections were carried out over 5 days between 7th and 13th March 2018. The Inspectors engaged directly with 21 children and 8 parents.
The report is available here.