Oberstown Newsletter March 27  2017

Minister Visits Oberstown
ON MARCH 5 the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone, TD, visited Oberstown and sat down with six young people to hear about their lives in detention. The Minister heard about a wide variety of activities young people undertake in Oberstown, and about some of their own initiatives for raising money for charity. Young people told the Minister about completing the Gaisce awards, the first time this was ever undertaken in Oberstown. They also spoke about  developing a framework for the Oberstown Campus council – a process for how it works. Read the full report on the visit on the Oberstown website. During the meeting, Minister Zappone commended young people for their accomplishments and congratulated them for setting a good example to others in Oberstown, and for leaving behind a worthy legacy.

Policy group seeks staff volunteers 
In place since February 2014, the Oberstown Campus has a Policy Operation Consultation Committee (POCC) to support in the development of policies and procedures through a consultation process. The membership of the POCC includes managers, a representative from DCYA and campus staff. Significant challenges have been experienced in attaining views from Oberstown staff on various documents. A small group of staff has attempted to support the process of reviewing documents but this has not been successful due to the workload involved.  The POCC group continue to operate however; we are seeking interests from a broader base of staff members to provide their feedback to a small number of policy and procedure documents. In order to achieve this, we are looking to create a pool of staff who will be issued documents from time to time and for which they can provide feedback to POCC. The intention is to share the workload across the entire staff teams. If you are interested in participating, please send your name and contact details by the 1st April 2018 to Helen Bradley at If you require more details on any of the above, please speak with any member of the POCC team, Damien Hernon, Anne Gibney, Bill Byrne, Jennifer Hough and Tony O’Donovan. Many thanks again for your assistance and support.  Pat Bergin

Snow storm sees Campus pull together  
The recent snow storm seems like a distant memory now, but it's important to reflect on the excellent team work that occurred during the few days of the red weather alert. During this time, despite widespread shut-down of the country, Oberstown managed good and safe care of 50 young people. Up to 20 residential care workers, unit managers and deputy directors stayed overnight, Thursday and Friday especially,  to ensure a core complement of staff available each the day. Many thanks to the night supervising officers for making it into Oberstown each night during severe weather conditions to provide overnight cover. Thanks to the household staff, catering staff, maintenance staff and administration staff, medical team members and the health and safety team, all of whom played a significant role in supporting in preparation for and during the storm. Staff in the central hub also kept an eye on everyone and assisted in free and safe movement around the campus. So once again, something to be proud of and thanks to all. PB
Social Care Ireland Conference
Oberstown attended this year's Social Care Ireland Conference, manning a stand with information about working in Oberstown. Students and social care workers from across Ireland were in attendance and showed great interest in hearing about working with young people in detention. The conference focused on strengths and abilities, both of service users and of staff. Key note speakers included Adam Harris, a 23-year-old Social Entrepreneur, autism advocate and founder/CEO of and Toby Haslam-Hopwood, clincial director of the Galtee Clinic, which practices a Social Pedagogy model of residential care.
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