Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Questions (318)

Clare Daly

Question:

318. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs further to Parliamentary Question No. 251 of 14 February 2019, the reason the Oberstown Children Detention Campus assault and injuries policy does not define assault and does not offer guidelines for leave allowances depending on severity of assault. [12598/19]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

I have been advised by Oberstown Children Detention Campus that there is an assault and injury scheme in operation on the campus.

A staff member who experiences a physical injury resulting in absence from work is eligible to be considered for the scheme. The scheme states that, in general terms, injuries can occur during the restraint of a young person or during approved recreational activities.

The scheme is to support staff through specific payments for a determined period should they be injured in specific circumstances in the performance of their duties. In exceptional circumstances where a staff member has exhausted the scheme, an application can be submitted to the director for consideration to be given to the extension of the scheme for a limited period.