Immediate Release: 22nd October 2015

The independent watchdog, the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA), have today published findings following an unannounced follow-up inspection of the children detention schools at Oberstown campus. The report highlights a number of recurring issues including: the use of restrictive intervention of single separation, inconsistent care planning, medication management and staff training.

Speaking following publication of the report, Director of EPIC, Jennifer Gargan made the following comment:

“The overuse of single separation has still not improved despite previous HIQA recommendations. Single separation should only be used as a last resort and for the shortest duration of time.

EPIC is also particularly concerned  about the lack of faith young people have in the complaints system- despite a surge in the number of complaints made by young people in the more recent period. It is extremely important that young people know that their complaint will be taken seriously and addressed as soon as possible.”

The report also highlights the need for consistent care planning for all young people placed in detention and the need to address gaps for staff training.

It must be acknowledged that it is a time of huge change at Oberstown Campus as the service is being developed and expanded therefore, it is vitally important as the number of young people increase, high quality, safe and consistent care is provided to these young people where the Campus is fully-resourced in order to achieve this.

Note to the Editor

  1. A follow-up inspection by HIQA on Oberstown Campus will take place before the end of December.
  2. The current report is available to view at the following link
  3. EPIC provides a Visiting Advocacy Service to young people in detention.

For all media enquiries, or to arrange an interview please contact:

Jennifer Gargan, Director of EPIC                    

Telephone: 01 8727 661 Mobile: 086 607 3866

Email:  Website:

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