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Dear Birmingham City Council,

I would be grateful if you could provide responses to the following questions under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. If these questions engage the costs threshold, please prioritise questions 1-5.

FOI - age assessment numbers

1. How many unaccompanied asylum-seeking children were supported by your children’s services department in the financial years 2015-2016 and 2016-2017?
2. As a snapshot figure, how many unaccompanied asylum-seeking children were supported by your children’s services department as of 31st March 2016?

For the financial years 2015-2016 and 2016-2017:

3. How many unaccompanied asylum-seeking children were referred to your children’s services department?
4. Of those referred how many had their ages assessed by your children’s services?
5. Of those whose ages were assessed, how many were:
a) Accepted to be children?
b) Accepted to be children and provided with support under section 20 of the Children Act?
c) Found to be 18 years of age or over?

6. Of those individuals whose ages were assessed as different to the age they claimed, how many subsequently challenged the assessment by initiating judicial review proceedings?
7. How many age assessments were overturned as a result of the initiation or pursuit of judicial review proceedings?

Yours faithfully,

Phoebe Green

PeopleFOI, Birmingham City Council

Dear Phoebe

 

Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request for Information

 

Thank you for your request for information held by the Council under the
provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 [FOI] which was received
on 28/06/2017

 

We will contact you again once it has been ascertained what data is held
by Birmingham City Council. In some circumstances a fee may be payable and
if that is the case, we will let you know. A fees notice will be issued to
you, and you will be required to pay before we will proceed to deal with
your request.

 

If you require any further information or are not happy with our response
please do not hesitate to contact me quoting the reference number above in
any future communications.

 

Regards

 

PSS Central

Directorate for People

Birmingham City Council

 

Telephone 0121 464 0085/0121 303 4720/464 5180

Email: [1][email address]  

 

 

 

 

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PeopleFOI, Birmingham City Council

Dear Phoebe

 

Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request for Information

 

I am writing in respect of your enquiry for information held by the
Authority under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

Unfortunately, in this instance we may be unable to meet the 20 day
deadline for response to your request.  This is due to the information
requested taking longer to collate than was initially expected.  We
apologise for this delay.

 

We will continue working towards fulfilling your request and we will write
to you again on or before 07/08/2016 to provide a response or an update.

 

Regards

PSS Central

Directorate for People

Birmingham City Council

 

Telephone 0121 464 0085/0121 303 4720/464 5180

Email: [1][email address]  

 

Data Protection Act 1998

The information you have provided within your Freedom of Information
request will be held on our database and may also be held within manual
records for a period of 2 years from the date Birmingham City Council
received your request. Any personal data that you provide to Birmingham
City Council will be held in line with the requirements set out within the
Data Protection Act 1998.

 

Re Use of Public Sector Information

Where Birmingham City Council is the copyright holder of any information
that may be released, re-use for personal, educational or non-commercial
purposes is permitted without further reference to the City Council. Where
the re-use is for other purposes, such as commercial re-use, the applicant
should notify the City Council in writing to seek approval or agree terms
for re-use

 

 

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PeopleFOI, Birmingham City Council

Dear Phoebe

 

Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request for Information

 

I am writing in respect of your recent enquiry for information held by the
Authority under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
Please find the answers to your questions:

 

I would be grateful if you could provide responses to the following
questions under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. If these questions
engage the costs threshold, please prioritise questions 1-5.

 

FOI - age assessment numbers

 

1.   How many unaccompanied asylum-seeking children were supported by your
children’s services department in the financial years 2015-2016 and
2016-2017?

 

At 1st April 2015 there was a total of 18 UASC in care

In the financial year 2015-16 there were 58 new admissions to care

At 1st April 2016 there was a total of 71 UASC in care

In the financial year 2016-2017 there were 88 new admissions to care

At 1st April 2017 there was a total of 121 UASC CiC

 

2.   As a snapshot figure, how many unaccompanied asylum-seeking children
were supported by your children’s services department as of 31st March
2016?

 

71

 

For the financial years 2015-2016 and 2016-2017:

 

3.   How many unaccompanied asylum-seeking children were referred to your
children’s services department?

 

2015-2016: 58 new admissions to care

2016-2017: 88 new admissions to care

 

4.   Of those referred how many had their ages assessed by your children’s
services?

 

We do not store this data in an electronic format and therefore to extract
the data will require the examination of individual case files, an
exercise that will exceed the guidance of 18 hours, therefore regrettably
we cannot respond to this question.

 

5.   Of those whose ages were assessed, how many were:

 

a)   Accepted to be children?

 

We do not store this data in an electronic format and therefore to extract
the data will require the examination of individual case files, an
exercise that will exceed the guidance of 18 hours, therefore regrettably
we cannot respond to this question.

 

b)   Accepted to be children and provided with support under section 20 of
the Children Act?

 

We do not store this data in an electronic format and therefore to extract
the data will require the examination of individual case files, an
exercise that will exceed the guidance of 18 hours, therefore regrettably
we cannot respond to this question.

 

c)   Found to be 18 years of age or over?

 

We do not hold this information in an electronic format. Where an
individual is age assessed to be over 18, they are no longer provided with
services so have no continuing record with children’s services. Therefore,
available data regarding children supported by children’s services will
not provide this information.

 

6.   Of those individuals whose ages were assessed as different to the age
they claimed, how many subsequently challenged the assessment by
initiating judicial review proceedings?

 

We do not hold this information in an electronic format. Where an
individual is age assessed to be over 18, they are no longer provided with
services so have no continuing record with children’s services. Therefore,
available data regarding children supported by children’s services will
not provide this information.

 

7.   How many age assessments were overturned as a result of the
initiation or pursuit of judicial review proceedings?

 

We do not hold this information in an electronic format. Where an
individual is age assessed to be over 18, they are no longer provided with
services so have no continuing record with children’s services. Therefore,
available data regarding children supported by children’s services will
not provide this information”.

 

Whilst we have undertaken a thorough search of the information held by
Birmingham City Council, it may be that, due to the size and amount of
information held by Birmingham City Council, some information has been
inadvertently missed. If you have any information which may assist us in
determining or locating any missed information, we would be grateful if
you would contact us with details of this information, so that we can make
a further search.

 

Where Birmingham City Council is the copyright holder of any information
that may be released, re-use for personal, educational or non-commercial
purposes is permitted without further reference to the City Council. Where
the re-use is for other purposes, such as commercial re-use, the applicant
should notify the City Council in writing to seek approval or agree terms
for re-use.

 

If you are not satisfied with the decision, you may ask for an internal
review by officers not involved in the handling of this original request.
Please contact Birmingham City Council’s central FOI Team at this address:

Information Governance Team

Performance and Information (WS)

PO Box 16366

Birmingham

B2 2YY

            Tel: 0121 303 4876                 email:
[1][email address]

 

After that, if you are not satisfied with the Council’s decision you may
apply to the Information Commissioner for an independent review at this
address:

The Information Commissioner

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

Tel: 01625 545700                  Web: [2]www.ico.org.uk

 

Regards

PSS Central

Directorate for People

Birmingham City Council

 

Telephone 0121 464 0085/0121 303 4720/464 5180

Email: [3][email address]  

 

 

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Dear Birmingham City Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Birmingham City Council's handling of my FOI request 'Age assessments of asylum seeking children'.

Your response withheld some information based on the costs that your council would incur by extracting this information. However, we ask that you look again at your costs calculation on the basis of reasonableness. A number of local authorities that I have contacted with similar numbers of unaccompanied asylum seeking children in their care have been able to provide the information requested without the cost threshold being engaged. Therefore it seems that this assessment of the fees, based on the number of hours, has been applied incorrectly.

As such, I ask that you carry out an internal review of your response.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/a...

Yours faithfully,

Phoebe Green

FOI Mailbox, Birmingham City Council

Dear Ms Green

Request for Internal Appeal  -  Freedom of Information Act 2000

Further to your email dated 22nd August 2017 regarding your request under
the Freedom of Information Act 2000, and your request for an appeal of the
decision to use a Fees Notice in relation to part of the information.

All appeals dealing with decisions to withhold information made under the
Freedom of Information Act are dealt with through the appeals process
contained under Section 45 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Your appeal will be heard by Officers who had no involvement in the
decision to withhold the information sought by yourself.

A panel will be convened and we will contact you once a decision has been
made. 

Yours sincerely

Corporate Information Governance Team

FOI Mailbox, Birmingham City Council

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Dear Ms Green

 

Please see the attached for your request for an internal review.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Corporate Information Governance Officer

Information, Technology & Digital Services

 

Strategic Services

Ground Floor|Zone 2|10 Woodcock Street|Birmingham|B7 4BL

Telephone: 0121 303 2080

 

 

FOI Mailbox, Birmingham City Council

1 Attachment

Dear Ms Green

 

Please see the attached for your request for an internal review

 

Yours sincerely

 

Corporate Information Governance Officer

Information, Technology & Digital Services

 

Strategic Services

Ground Floor|Zone 2|10 Woodcock Street|Birmingham|B7 4BL

Telephone: 0121 303 2080

 

 

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