FOI Request - Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children in Care

Request 101000313363

I apply under the terms of the Freedom of Information legislation for the following information about unaccompanied asylum seeking children and young people cared for by your Local Authority.

My request relates to the support provided by your Local Authority to both separated children and young people from outside the EU.  For the purposes of the FOI we are utilising the UNHCR definition of separated child which is …”Children under the age of 18 years of age who are separated from both parents or from their previous legal or customary primary care giver’

To be specific, I am seeking information relating to young people who are:
• Up to the age of 25;
• Who are from outside the EU, are separated* or known as ‘Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children’ (UASC) or former UASC who are currently looked after and/or accommodated by the Local Authority under Child Act provisions and/or leaving care provisions.
• To include children and young people who entered into your care as UASC and/or may have been removed from asylum seeking families.
• These young people will have normally claimed asylum with the Home Office. They may have been placed in foster care, or other forms of accommodation or they may be detained but are still being financed by your own Local Authority. They may or may not have an allocated Social Worker but will normally be accommodated or financed or both by the Authority’s Social Services Department either under compulsory measures of care or through voluntary or discretionary provision.

In each of the last two financial years:

1. How many unaccompanied asylum seeking children (UASC) under the age of 16 are being supported / accommodated by your Local Authority?

2. How many unaccompanied asylum seeking children (UASC) between the ages of 16 to 18 are being supported / accommodated by your Local Authority?

3. How many 18 – 25 year olds that were previously UASC and/or have made a claim for asylum with the Home Office are being supported / accommodated by your Local Authority?

4. How many (of the combined total of 1- 3 above) are female?

5. What are the predominant nationalities of the asylum-seeking children and young people in your care? For example please provide us with the top five nationalities of UASC currently in your care?

6. What are the predominant nationalities of the 18-25 year olds in your care? For example please provide us with the top five nationalities

7. In relation to (2) & (3) above, how many of the children and young people have been deemed “Appeal Rights Exhausted’ (also known as and referred to as ARE)

Response 03-02-2015

1. None

2. None

3. None

4. None

5. None

6. None

7. None

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