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.
Monday to Friday – 9am to 5pm
Saturday and Sunday – 9am to 7pm
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).
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Please note current COVID-19 visiting arrangements set out above regarding screened and unscreened visits, and what to do when you arrive at Oberstown.
What are the visiting times?
Visits take place:
Monday to Friday – 9am to 5pm
Saturday and Sunday – 9am – 7pm
Visits are 50 minutes long.
How do I book a visit?
You must give 3 days’ notice when booking a visit e.g. if you want to visit on Friday, you must arrange this on Tuesday. Only parents/guardians are allowed for the first 3 visits.
All adult visitors (over 18 years of age) must bring photo I.D. e.g. drivers’ licence or passport. Only people named on the booking form will be allowed into the visit.
What can I bring?
You can bring a sum of money, not to exceed €10, for the young person. On arrival, staff will place the sum of money in the young person’s money file.
You may bring clothes for the young person, subject to agreement in advance of the visit. Clothes must be given to staff in the Reception area. These will be placed in a locker during the visit, checked by staff when you leave, and given to the young person.
Do not bring any food/drink items to the visit – they are not allowed.
Do not bring cigarettes, tobacco, alcohol, drugs or medicines to the visit as these items are banned from the campus. Any attempt to pass these items to a young person may result in prosecution.
Do not bring phones or cameras into the visit.
What do I do when I arrive?
Park your car in the visitors’ car park. Walk through the green gate and go to main front door of the reception building. Give your name and ID to the person behind the reception desk. You will be brought to the waiting area by a member of staff where you will be asked to place your belongings in a locker. You will then be brought to a visiting room.
Is there anything else I should be aware of?
Visits may be screened, fully supervised or partly supervised if there are any concerns arising from past visits. This may also be the case if there was an attempt during a past visit to pass a prohibited or banned article or substance to the young person, or if there was unacceptable behaviour. This decision is at the discretion of the campus manager/director.
Under what circumstances will my visit be stopped?
Your visit will be stopped immediately if your behaviour or the behaviour of the young person you are visiting is a cause for concern or not acceptable. You will not be allowed to resume visits until you meet with a unit manager.
If you have any questions not answered here, please contact us.