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Sunday 4 December 2016

Young offender still on loose as two returned to Oberstown

Oberstown Detention Centre
Oberstown Detention Centre

A young offender who absconded from Oberstown detention centre remains on the loose after two of his fellow escapees were returned to the facility at the weekend.

Four boys aged 15 and 16 fled the facility near Lusk in north Co Dublin on July 25. Three have been returned, but gardai are still searching for the fourth.

Four members of staff have been suspended following the escape, which has heaped huge attention on the facility where 49 children are currently being detained.

Workers recently complained that they are under-resourced and understaffed due to a high number of staff going on sick leave following incidents of assault.

Unruly

Since March, 29 staff have had periods off work through injuries sustained in assaults, while restraining unruly detainees or in accidents.

A meeting between staff and management took place on Friday, when it was agreed that new training would be put in place for staff in the area of behavioural management as a response to the growing concerns for their safety.

"A new round of training in this will be implemented from August 24 on," a Department of Children spokesperson confirmed.

The training will focus on behavioural management techniques to prevent incidents from escalating.

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