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Oberstown Children Detention Campus. (2020) Oberstown children detention campus annual report 2019. Dublin: Oberstown Children Detention Campus.

Oberstown Children Detention Campus (Oberstown) is a national service that provides a safe and secure environment for young people remanded in custody or sentenced by the Courts for a period of detention. We are located on a single site in Oberstown, Lusk, Co Dublin.

During 2019, the suite of programmes designed to promote young people's successful return to the community through the development of personal resilience and practical skills, was further enhanced with the introduction of additional programmes and learning formats. These programmes aim to develop skills such as victim empathy, dealing with impulsive behaviours and reducing misuse of drugs and alcohol.

Young people’s programmes
Crinan – Drug Relapse Prevention Programme The Crinan Drug Relapse Prevention Programme is a group work intervention that aims to teach participants how to examine the triggers and the consequences for their drug/alcohol use. Young people are supported to develop strategies that help them effectively manage and overcome any stressors or triggers in their environment that may cause a relapse. Anti-Violence Restorative Practice Training – (ART)

The Anti–Violence Restorative Practice Training programme (ART) enables participants to deal with potentially violent situations in new and creative ways. Workshops use the shared experiences of participants, interactive exercises, games and role-plays. Participants examine the ways in which they respond to situations where injustice, prejudice, frustration and anger can lead to aggressive behaviour and violence. The aim of the programme is to start building cooperation, community, self-esteem and trust in the group, and to introduce skills in conflict resolution, communication and anger management. The ART programme was chosen because of its restorative practice approach. It was delivered over 10 modules in collaboration with Tallaght West Childhood Development Initiative and three of the residential units participated in the programme. A graduation ceremony took place in August 2019.

The Decider Programme The Decider Life Skills Programme is based on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) which uses skills that are effective, fun, memorable and easy to use. The programme enables participants to learn effective coping skills and build resilience. The emphasis is on helping young people to deal with impulsive behaviours.

Pathways Pathways, a pilot programme to assist young people in their preparation for leaving Oberstown, commenced in December 2018. Following a review in February which found the pilot to be effective, sessions to familiarise staff with the Pathways material were undertaken. Pathways was introduced in June as a keyworking framework for all young people.


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