Consultation on Establishment of a Regional Care and Justice Campus

Consultation opened on 21 October 2020. Closing date 15 January 2021.


The Department of Health and Department of Justice have launched a public consultation on proposals to establish a regional Care and Justice Campus for children and young people. This was the primary recommendation of the Review of Regional Facilities for Children and Young People in Northern Ireland, commissioned by the then Health Minister in January 2017, with support from the then Justice Minister, and published in December 2018. The plan to establish a regional Care and Justice Campus also reflects a key proposal made by the Department of Justice Scoping Study into Children in the Justice System, completed in March 2016.


Consultation description

Why we are consulting

The proposals for a regional Care and Justice Campus represent a significant change to the way in which we support those children and young people who require time within a secure environment and following their reintegration back into the community. 

The proposals detailed in the consultation document extend beyond the secure setting, to encompass wider community-based interventions. It is envisaged that a regional Care and Justice Campus will comprise (i) a Secure Care Centre made up of the existing Woodlands and Lakewood sites; and (ii) multi-agency satellite provision, including a step-down facility and community-based provision.  The consultation seeks your views on these service design proposals and on key principles which will underpin the operation of the Campus.

A child-friendly version of the consultation document, along with a short animation explaining the proposals, is currently being finalised.  This will be added to this page as soon as it is available.

Privacy, Confidentiality and Access to Consultation Responses

For this consultation, we may publish all responses except for those where the respondent indicates that they are an individual acting in a private capacity (e.g. a member of the public). All responses from organisations and individuals responding in a professional capacity will be published. We will remove email addresses and telephone numbers from these responses; but apart from this, we will publish them in full.  For more information about what we do with personal data please see our consultation privacy notice on the DoH website.

Your response, and all other responses to this consultation, may also be disclosed on request in accordance with the  Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA)  and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR); however all disclosures will be in line with the requirements of the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA) and the   General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (EU) 2016/679 . 

If you want the information that you provide to be treated as confidential it would be helpful if you could explain to us why you regard the information you have provided as confidential, so that this may be considered if the Department should receive a request for the information under the FOIA or EIR.


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