Written answers

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Department of Children and Youth Affairs

Detention Centres Data

Photo of Catherine MurphyCatherine Murphy (Kildare North, Social Democrats)
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19. To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the number of permanent full-time staff employed in youth detention centres and their roles; the number of roles covered by agency staff; the turnover of agency staff; the strategic plan to ensure stable personnel structures; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [23055/16]

Photo of Katherine ZapponeKatherine Zappone (Dublin South West, Independent)
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At present there are a total of 237 Whole Time Equivalent (WTE) staff employed in Oberstown Children Detention Campus. The breakdown of these posts are detailed in the following table:

GradeNo. of Posts Filled (WTE)Secondment 
Campus Manager1
Deputy Director3
Head of Care1
Unit Manager's   Day and Night Managers16.5
Hr Manager1
Admin Manager1
Residential Child Care Worker122
Night Supervisor33.5
Night Supervisor / Central Security12
Grade III3
Grade IV6.5
Grade VI4
Admission Officer1
Ex Chef / Catering1
Chef Grade I1.5
Chef Grade II0.5
Supplies Officer Grade D1.5
House Keeper1
Asst House Keeper1
General Operative4.5
General Operative Domestic/Hold9.51
Build Main. Officer2
Asst  Build Main. Officer2
Gardener / Driver2
Social Worker1
Clinical Nurse Manager 21
Clinical Nurse / Midwife Manager 11

Recent recruitment campaigns have resulted in the filling of posts for: 2 Deputy Directors, 2 Unit Managers, 20 Residential Child Care Workers, Staff Information Officer, H and S Investigation Officer

Agency staff are utlilised to ensure service delivery across the campus. There are currently 14 agency staff employed in the Oberstown Children Detention Campus. The breakdown is:

Agency Staff
Residential Child Care Worker7
Maintenance 2
Administration Staff2
Health & Safety1
Driver / General Operative1

There are ongoing recruitment campaigns to backfill the vacancies. There has been a turnover in the last year of 14 agency Residential Child Care Workers which has resulted in 10 leaving Oberstown and 4 being successful following a recruitment campaign for Residential Child Care Workers.

In order to provide a stable personnel structure there is continuous support for staff across the campus. This includes a Campus Support Service on a 3 day a week basis, an Employment Assistance Programme, a robust training and development plan and a Further Education programme. There is also an agreed roster with a focus on work life balance. There are ongoing efforts to improve the working environment across the campus.


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