Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Questions (248)

Anne Rabbitte

Question:

248. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if the children placed in Oberstown Children Detention Campus are segregated depending on if they are committed or on remand; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [27113/19]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

Section 88(8) of the Children Act 2001, provides that children remanded in custody, shall as far as practicable and where it is in the interests of the child, be kept separate from and not be allowed to associate with children in respect of whom a period of detention has been imposed.

I am advised by Oberstown Children Detention Campus that children on remand are generally in separate accommodation to children in detention. However, where it is identified that it is in the best interest of a particular child who is subject to a remand order to be in a longer term detention unit, he/she will be placed there.