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I’m going to Oberstown soon. What can I do to improve myself?

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I’m going to oberstown soon. I’m going to be sent there for months. I’m really not looking forward to going since this is basically teenage prison. What can I do to improve myself?


Hi there, welcome to Ask Pat. 

You are asking us what can you do to improve yourself as you are going to be in Oberstown for months, and you are not looking forward to it because it is basically a teenage prison. 

Thank you for reaching out! Your question is very inspiring. Acknowledging your own responsibility in getting better shows a lot of maturity on your behalf and that is the first step to improving yourself: identifying what steps got you where you are now so you are able to avoid those moving forward. 

While Oberstown is indeed a care service for young people sentenced or remanded by the Courts, it is also a safe and secure environment which allows them to meet their health and education needs. It also helps young people by supporting them so that they may address their offending behaviour and be prepared to return to their families and communities following release from detention.  

We understand moving to a care service for young offenders can be scary; feeling like that is totally valid and understandable. But even though you are not happy with being sent there, it can actually be the answer to your question. The multidisciplinary team in Oberstown has the expertise to help you improve yourself, as it seems you are willing to do, so you can have a better outcome in the near future. 

If you feel like you need someone to talk to, Childline is always here to listen to you, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and it is free and confidential. You can call us on 1800 66 66 66, text us on 50101 or webchat with us through our website Childline is here to listen to what’s going on for you at the moment and we would love to chat with you.   

We hope we have helped you with our answer. 

Take care, 


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