Complaints, or concerns, about Look Ahead's operation of refuges in Kent.

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Dear Kent County Council,

This request is appropriate to your team at Adult Care Team in Social Services.

It concerns the operation of refuges for women in a number of locations in Kent. These are run by a body called Look Ahead. For clarity it has a head office at King's Buildings, 16 Smith Square, London, SW1P 3HQ.

Has Kent County Council received any complaints about the treatment of women in any of these refuges in each of the last 5 years?

Is Kent Council Council aware that women are being abused, threatened, bullied and intimidated in these places?

Is Kent County Council aware of the conditions in which women live? For example they are in accommodation which is sparsely furnished and ill equipped. They are told to go out and buy anything they want, or need. This includes furniture and essential items.

Women receive no support and there is little communication with them either. The places are not staffed adequately (or at all) despite a charge of £345 a week.

Women who have disabilities, or health issues do not fare well. Someone battling cancer receives no assistance despite being unable to look after herself. They breach The Equality Act 2010 as women are not given consideration, allowances etc, for their disabilities.

Look Ahead put women at risk as the address of the places is used, whereas refuges usually have a PO Box number for women to use. There is a high risk of them being traced due to this.

Yours faithfully,

Caroline Airley

 

Information request
Our reference: 8178891

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Dear Ms Airley
 
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Caroline Airley left an annotation ()

It is about time that Look ahead is investigated for the abysmal standards that operate in their properties that are described as refuges for women. The reality is that these are more in the nature of hostels for the homeless. There is no support given but an abundance of abuse, bullying, threats and intimidation. Look Ahead fail to protect women and their safety is at risk. There are repeated breaches of confidentiality, General Data Protection Regulations and The Equality Act 2010. The people who staff them are unfit to be anywhere near vulnerable people.

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Information request
Our reference: 8178891

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Dear Ms Airley
 
Thank you for your request for information received on 27 August 2019.
 
Please find attached our response to your request.
 
Yours sincerely
 
 
Carly Wattle
Information Access Officer
Strategic and Corporate Services
+443000417061

 
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Dear Kent County Council,

I have evidence available as to the horrific situation at the place run by Look Ahead in Tonbridge. you are welcome to contact me if you would like further information.

Yours sincerely,

Caroline Airley

 

Information request
Our reference: 8178891

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Dear Ms Airley
 
Thank you for your request for a review received on 19 December 2019. I am
sorry that you are dissatisfied with our attempts to handle your request
under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
 
I can confirm that we are considering your concerns and we will aim to
provide you with a response by 21 January 2020.
 
Yours sincerely
 
 
Caroline Dodge
Information Governance Manager
Strategic and Corporate Services
+443000416033
[email address]
 
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