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

Oberstown Children Detention Campus welcomes 2022 HIQA inspection report
Oberstown Children Detention Campus has welcomed the findings of a 2022 inspection by the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA). The inspection, conducted during the period 8th to 14th November 2022, found that there was either compliance or substantial...
Art Connects – Oberstown artworks in Lusk Community Cultural Centre
Lusk Community Cultural Centre hosted Art Connects, an exhibition of paintings created by young people in Oberstown Children Detention Campus. The show ran from Monday 14 November to Sunday 20 November 2022 and was a community initiative to mark Fingal Inclusion Week...
Oberstown Strategy 2022-2026
November 2022. Oberstown Children Detention Campus has published its new Strategy 2022-2026, endorsed by the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O'Gorman, TD. The Strategy aims to fulfil Oberstown’s vision of providing young...
Oberstown Annual Report 2021
The Oberstown Annual Report 2021 is a comprehensive account of the implementation during 2021 of national law and policy as well as Oberstown strategy. It outlines key developments, including the appointment of a new Director and the implementation of the Oberstown...
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.
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 one-on-one, you can make a difference in a child’s life’

Oberstown is now recruiting residential social care workers to provide the best possible care to young people in detention.

Working in Oberstown

Shaping lives, Building futures



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 the Government advice and recommendations on best practice, we are pleased that we are now in a position to invite visitors to campus, albeit in a reduced capacity. Videolink and virtual calls will continue as normal for those family members that find it difficult to travel.

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.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation

Please contact the Visitors Centre directly for more information and to arrange a 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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