Oberstown Children Detention Campus (Oberstown) provides a safe and secure environment for young people sentenced or remanded by the Courts.

Developing skills and potential
Oberstown's skills-based training and activities programme gives young people opportunities to acquire practical skills and develop positive educational and recreational interests.
Oberstown Annual Report 2020

The Annual Report presents a summary of Oberstown Children Detention Campus key activities for the year 2020.

Working Well at Oberstown: how the KeepWell Mark supports our approach
Ibec KeepWell Mark accreditation has offered external validation of the commitment to health and wellbeing in Oberstown, and recognition in the 2020 KeepWell Awards was a terrific milestone on our journey as we continue to build our employee health and wellbeing...
Ensuring a children’s rights approach to young people in detention

Oberstown recognises the need to empower the voices of young people on Campus. The Campus Council is a key initiative through which young people have their voices heard.

Working in Oberstown

We work on the front line with young people to help make a difference in their lives.

Our Mission
Our Mission, Vision & Values

Oberstown’s mission, vision and values set out the core principles that guide our work with young people



Victims of crime can voluntarily register with Oberstown. A registered victim is entitled to seek information related to the release, transfer, early discharge and periods of temporary leave the offender has during the Detention Order. When victims of crime request, the Oberstown’s Victim Liaison Officer will enter into direct contact with them to inform them of any significant developments.



Oberstown continues to observe public health guidelines on the prevention of coronavirus on and off campus and we are continuously monitoring and adjusting arrangements on campus.

As a result and in line with Government advice and recommendations on best practice, as of Monday 24 January, Oberstown Visitors’ Centre will be open for unscreened visits by parents/guardians, siblings and grandparents. Screened visits will be available to extended family members.

Videolink and virtual calls will continue as normal.

The following will need to be taken into account when requesting a slot for any visitor:

  • Maximum of three unscreened visitors at any one time.
  • Central security will announce the visitors’ arrival. All visitors are to remain in their cars until they receive a telephone call from the Visiting Staff inviting them into the Visitors’ Centre.
  • Masks must be worn when entering Reception. Visitors will be asked to remove/dispose of their own mask and will be issued with a replacement and this mask must remain on until visitors are fully in their allocated room.
  • All visitors to individually electronically sign in and complete the electronic Covid19 questionnaire.

In the interests of the health and safety of your family members, friends and the young people in our care, Oberstown Children Detention Campus requests that members of the public are conscious of the dangers of the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in the community.

We thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Please contact the Visitors’ Centre directly for more information and to arrange a virtual visit.

Visiting Hours


Monday to Friday – 9am – 5pm

Saturday and Sunday – 9am – 7pm



Follow the M1 Motorway North from Dublin City. Turn off at Junction 4 signposted: Donabate/Skerries/Rush/Lusk.

Follow the roundabout signs for Rush/Lusk. Stay on this road (marked R132).

Travel North for 3 miles until you come to ‘Murtaghs’ pub on right hand side.

Take first right turn after Murtaghs pub and follow on straight for approx 1 mile.

The Oberstown Campus is situated on the left hand side (Green Gates).


Oberstown Children Detention Campus,
Oberstown, Lusk,
Co. Dublin, K45 AY66

Phone: + 353 1 852 6400
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