Key Characteristics of Young People in Detention
Oberstown has now published two years of ‘Key Characteristics of Young People in Detention’ providing an insight into the profile of young people in detention in Ireland. The research is aimed at providing a better understanding of the challenges faced by young people in conflict with the law, and to inform services and interventions to assist such young people. As well as offering insights into offending and sentencing, the data highlights the level of adversity and trauma young people have experienced, including neglect and abuse, high levels of substance misuse and disengagement from the education system.
In the interests of transparency, Oberstown is making public monthly statistics in respect of young people on campus. The stats will capture the number of young people on campus, their age and their status, i.e. remand or committal. The reports will be of interest to stakeholders, researchers and anyone with an interest in the youth justice sector.
Oberstown is publishing this data as part of its broader commitment to inform and educate key stakeholders and the public on behaviour management on the campus. Single separation is a behaviour management tool whereby a young person is moved out of their peer group on campus for a period of time due to concerns relating to their behaviour, where they may pose a risk to the safety of other young people or staff, or to their own safety. Single separation is one of a suite of measures to manage challenging behaviour, and to assist young people to move on from their offending behaviour. Oberstown continues to improve record-keeping, monitoring and use of single separation in line with national and campus policy.