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Title: Tackling Challenging Behaviour Children Detention Schools


1
Tackling Challenging Behaviour Children
Detention Schools
June 27th 2014 Birmingham
DA Tony ODonovan Jackie Leonard Child Welfare
Advisor Unit Manager CDS
2
Irish Youth Justice Service
  • Mission Statement
  • "To create a safer society by working in
    partnership to reduce youth offending through
    appropriate interventions and linkages into
    services".

3
Youth Justice Action Plan - 5 high level goals
  • Leadership and build public confidence in youth
    justice system
  • Reduce offending
  • Community sanctions and initiatives
  • Safe and secure environment for detained
    children, assisting re-integration into the
    community
  • Information and data sources in the youth justice
    system

4
Background
  • Irish Youth Justice Service (IYJS)/Dept. Children
    Youth Affairs (DCYA)
  • Children Detention Schools (CDS)
  • Present Structures - Unification of a Campus
  • Staff Body (Qualifications/Experience)
  • Policy Development

5
Physical Restraint Systems
  • Review of Existing System
  • 1983 1987 (Self-Defense Training Police)
  • 1987 1991 (CR Prisons)
  • 1991 1996 (CR Services Mental Health)
  • 1996 2008 (TCI)

6
Review
  • Review of Behaviour Management (2008)
  • Child Welfare Advisor
  • CDS Management Staff
  • CPI
  • Beginning of Review Process
  • Nearly 2 year Process

7
Problems Highlighted
  • Lack of Staff Confidence
  • High Number of Restraints Injuries
  • Suitability for Setting
  • Preparation for Managing Older YP
  • Greater Resources Required for Training
  • Consistency Across Campus

8
Policy Parameters
  • Must
  • Accredited Course
  • Not Rely on Pain Compliance
  • Be Resourced at Trainer Level
  • Be Consistent in Delivery
  • Stand up to Cross-Examination
  • Be Adaptable to Environment
  • Be Developmental in Nature

9
Development
  • Working Group
  • Input from Independent Providers
  • Review of Existing Programmes
  • Public Tender for Provision
  • Awarding of Contract
  • Development of a Bespoke Programme in
    Conjunction with CPI

10
Bespoke Programme
  • Acknowledged Experience of Staff Trainers
  • Dichotomy between Security/Care
  • Different Environments (Old/Newer Units)
  • Different Staff Perspectives

11
Obstacles
  • IR Issues
  • Implementation Issues
  • On-going Training
  • Practice Drill Sessions
  • Co-ordination of Reporting

12
Statistics
13
What Stats Tell Us
  • Overall Drop in Restraints
  • Drop in Injuries
  • Ability to Manage Change
  • Quality of Training
  • Quality of Staff

14
Staff Training
  • Instils Confidence
  • Teaches More than the Course
  • Gives Trainers a Sense of Worth
  • Allows Staff Experience Success
  • Better Outcome for Young People
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