FOI Request - Merton Compliant Age Assessments

Request 101000215875

1. How many Merton compliant age assessments has the local authority carried out on asylum seeking children who have had their ages disputed? Please provide data for each of the past three years.

2. How many Merton compliant age assessments has the local authority carried out on unaccompanied asylum seeking children who have had their ages disputed? Please provide data for each of the past three years.

3. What was the outcome of these age assessment?

4. How many age assessments were challenged each year by a. the Home Office, b. the person in question at judicial review?

5. How much has the local authority spent on court cases related to age assessments for each of the past 5 years? Please break down the amount given, for example, in compensation and the amount spent on legal costs.

6. How much does performing a Merton compliant age assessment cost (average cost)?

7. How much has the local authority spent on age assessments in each of the past three years?

8. How many UASCs have gone missing/ lost contact in 2011, 2012, 2013 and what were their nationalities? (This will be aggregated with other council's replies so there will not be any possibility of identifying the child).

Response 24-01-2014

1. None

2. None

3. N/A

4. Nil

5. Nil

6. N/A

7. Nil

8. None

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