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

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Annual Report 2019

The Annual Report presents a summary of Oberstown Children Detention Campus key activities for the year 2019.

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.

Oberstown partners with Java Republic in pioneering initiative

Oberstown is expanding its educational offering for young people from traditional methods of learning to practical and skills-based training.

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.



The individual and collective efforts of all Oberstown staff are helping to keep COVID-19 away from the campus. We continue to observe public health guidelines on the prevention of coronavirus on and off campus and are continuously monitoring and adjusting arrangements on campus.

As a result and in line with the Government’s easing of county travel restrictions, as of Monday 12 April 2021, Oberstown Visitors’ Centre will reopen for Dublin-based family/guardian screened visits.

Unfortunately, Oberstown is not yet in a position to give a date for reopening for nationwide visits. This decision will be reviewed continually and all affected parties will be notified directly of any updates. Videolink and virtual calls will continue as normal-

For those who can visit, the following will need to be taken into account when requesting a slot for any visitor:

  • All visits will be fully screened.
  • Immediate family/guardians only.
  • Maximum of four visitors at any one time.
  • As usual, three days’ notice is required.

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

We apologise for this interruption to our usual service and thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Please contact the Visitors’ Centre directly for more information.

Visiting Hours


Monday to Friday – 9am – 5pm (Virtual Visits only)

Saturday and Sunday – 9am – 7pm (Virtual Visits only)



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
Email: info@oberstown.com