What works for young people in detention settings?
In 2014, CES was asked by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs to work with the National Children Detention Campus in Oberstown, Lusk, Co. Dublin. The aim of this work was to improve the outcomes for children and young people after they leave. While prevention strategies and community based programmes can help children and young people to avoid detention in the first place, little is known about the evidence on interventions delivered within detention settings and how they can improve outcomes for them once they leave.
The aim of this work is to support the National Children Detention Campus to develop practice based on the evidence on what works in detention settings for children and young people. In collaboration with Senior Management and in consultation with staff, the work consists of four elements:
- A review of the international literature on the outcomes of interventions in detention settings, in particular those which improve self-governance in children after they leave detention settings
- The development of a Theory of Change, based on the findings of the literature, and which outlines how the National Children Detention Campus can draw on evidence to improve outcomes for children after they leave detention settings
- Consultation with staff on the Campus
- An overall report which identifies the steps required for the Campus to align practice to the evidence on what works in youth detention settings.