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Like many children’s services, COVID 19 poses a significant risk to the safe and secure operation of Oberstown Children Detention Campus. In Oberstown, we have been preparing for COVID-19 since early March 2020, determined to protect young people and staff from the risk to their health posed by COVID-19 and to ensure that, as far as possible, any impact on the routines and the rights of young people is minimised. As of today, 7 April 2020, the Campus remains COVID-19 free.

On 10th March 2020, the Director and the senior management team activated the Campus emergency planning procedures and a range of diverse and responsive systems have been put in place to restrict COVID-19 coming onto the Campus. The initial priority was on providing accurate public health information to staff and young people and the Campus has formally linked with the HSE in providing up-to-date and relevant material to staff and ensuring that all communication is in line with Government guidelines.

Priority messaging to everyone working and living on Campus is designed to ensure that handwashing, social distancing, and etiquette around coughing and sneezing is adhered to.

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