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Freedom of Information Request

Migrant unaccompanied minors

Received: 3 September 2021

I am writing to make a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. I understand you are required to acknowledge my request and respond within 20 working days. In this case, the deadline for the response is Friday October 1, 2021.


If it is not possible to answer all of the questions including for reasons related to cost of compliance limits identified in Section 12, please still answer as many questions as possible, starting from question 1. Please do not pause a response to this request because you cannot answer one of the questions. Please answer as many as you can.

If any of this information is available publicly, please provide a link to the document or webpage where the information, exactly as requested, is published.



Questions:

Please can you disclose:

1.
The total number of migrant unaccompanied minors* cared for by the local authority in each of the past ten years.
This can be disclosed as either financial or calendar years, depending on how you record this data, and please provide 2021 figures up to today's date, 3/9/2021.
*By "migrant unaccompanied minors" I mean children under 18 seeking asylum who have no responsible adult with them to care for them so are in need of local authority care.

2.
The number of migrant unaccompanied minors cared for by the local authority who were reported missing in each of the years.
If you record the number of relevant missing episodes rather than the number of individual minors reported missing, I am happy for you to provide this.

3.
If held, the number of these children who were flagged as being reported missing repeatedly in each of these years and a figure for the number of missing episodes recorded for the child who went missing the most times in each year.

4.
If held, the age range of the migrant unaccompanied minors reported missing in each of the years.
For instance, if 10 of the children were reported missing and their ages were 10, 10, 11, 15, 9, 9, 12, 17, 17 and 16 then you would just disclose the age range as 9-17.

5.
If held, the number of these children who were labelled as at risk of child sexual exploitation and/or human trafficking when they were reported missing while in the local authority's care in each of the years.

6.
If held, the number of these missing episodes in each year deemed "high risk" and the number deemed "medium risk".

7.
The total number of migrant unaccompanied minors transferred to the local authority under the National Transfer Scheme in each year since 2016.
As above, this can be disclosed as either financial or calendar years, depending on how you record this data, and please provide 2021 figures up to today's date, 3/9/2021.

Outcome / Documents

  • Response (some exempt) - application/pdf - Download