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Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Department of Children and Youth Affairs

Juvenile Offenders

Photo of Jonathan O'BrienJonathan O'Brien (Cork North Central, Sinn Fein)
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420. To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the education facilities available at Oberstown in County Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13937/15]

Photo of James ReillyJames Reilly (Minister, Department of Health; Dublin North, Fine Gael)
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Under Section 159A of the Children Act 2001, County of Dublin and Dun Laoghaire Education and Training Board must provide for the education of children placed in the children detention schools.

There are currently two education centres attached to the children detention schools, one of which is situated in Trinity House School and the other is shared between Oberstown Boys School and Oberstown Girls School. The development of a single national children detention school in Oberstown is currently well underway, in order to increase capacity on the campus and facilitate the ending of the detention of children in adult prison facilities, and includes the construction of a centralised education centre. Education provision in this centre will remain the responsibility of the Education and Training Board. Courses on offer include the national curriculum (Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate) as well as a number of FETAC qualifications.

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