Notifications to High Commissions and Embassies of Children in Care

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From: Advocacy Fund 3

15 October 2011

Dear Enfield Council,

Re: NOTIFICATIONS TO HIGH COMMISSIONS AND EMBASSIES OF CHILDREN IN
CARE

To ask the Local Authority’s Children’s Services Head of Service:

1. What is the Local Authorities policy for notifying High
Commissions and Embassies (their Consular Welfare Sections)
regarding non-UK national children that are?

A. Taken in to Care
B. Being Adopted

2. What is the Local Authorities policy for enabling High
Commissions and Embassies Consular Welfare access visits to non-UK
children in its care and prior to adoption?

3. Has the Local Authority sought any legal or other advice from
the Foreign and Commonwealth Office regarding High Commissions
and/or Embassies Consular Welfare visits to non UK children in it’s
care?

4. Has the Local Authority refused any High Commission or Embassy
Consular Welfare visits to non UK children in it’s care and if so
how many?

And
5. By the Local Authority:
How many foreign national children have in the last five years:

A. Been taken into Care
B. Been Adopted
C. What list of counties were they from

And
By the Local Authority:
6. How many High Commissions and Embassies Consular Welfare
Sections in these cases as in 5. A. & B. above were:

A. Notified
B. Were not notified

To High Commissions and Embassies Consular Welfare Sections

7. In the cases of doubt regarding nationality and other
unconfirmed/un verified information such as history what is the
Local Authorities policy regarding enquiring of High Commissions
and Embassies for confirmations that may be available outside of
the UK regarding non UK children in it’s care and prior to
adoption.

8. What is the Local Authorities Policy regarding non-UK children
in its care or as adopted being able to ensure their right of
access to their non-UK Identity and Nationality once they reach age
16 and should they wish assistance to leave the UK.

PLEASE NOTE FOR CLARITY SAKE:

This FOI is made by the following organisation and not by an
individual

This FOI Request is made by the Advocacy Fund which is an
organisation and not by an individual.
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FOR CLARITY:
The Advocacy Fund is the Name of the organisation managed by
Advocati Massa Ltd (Reg In England), who appoints it officers. Both
are Not for Profit Organisations.

Both are real names in law and this FOI request is therefore
compliant
with the FOI Act and section 8 Guidance.

Responses can be made to either

A. The Advocacy Fund.

or

B. The Chairman, The Advocacy Fund

Yours faithfully,

Advocacy Fund

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Dear Enfield Council,

Re: NOTIFICATIONS TO HIGH COMMISSIONS AND EMBASSIES OF CHILDREN IN
CARE

To ask the Local Authority s Children s Services Head of Service:

1. What is the Local Authorities policy for notifying High
Commissions and Embassies (their Consular Welfare Sections)
regarding non-UK national children that are?

A. Taken in to Care
B. Being Adopted

2. What is the Local Authorities policy for enabling High
Commissions and Embassies Consular Welfare access visits to non-UK
children in its care and prior to adoption?

3. Has the Local Authority sought any legal or other advice from
the Foreign and Commonwealth Office regarding High Commissions
and/or Embassies Consular Welfare visits to non UK children in it s
care?

4. Has the Local Authority refused any High Commission or Embassy
Consular Welfare visits to non UK children in it s care and if so
how many?

And
5. By the Local Authority:
How many foreign national children have in the last five years:

A. Been taken into Care
B. Been Adopted
C. What list of counties were they from

And
By the Local Authority:
6. How many High Commissions and Embassies Consular Welfare
Sections in these cases as in 5. A. & B. above were:

A. Notified
B. Were not notified

To High Commissions and Embassies Consular Welfare Sections

7. In the cases of doubt regarding nationality and other
unconfirmed/un verified information such as history what is the
Local Authorities policy regarding enquiring of High Commissions
and Embassies for confirmations that may be available outside of
the UK regarding non UK children in it s care and prior to
adoption.

8. What is the Local Authorities Policy regarding non-UK children
in its care or as adopted being able to ensure their right of
access to their non-UK Identity and Nationality once they reach age
16 and should they wish assistance to leave the UK.

PLEASE NOTE FOR CLARITY SAKE:

This FOI is made by the following organisation and not by an
individual

This FOI Request is made by the Advocacy Fund which is an
organisation and not by an individual.
[7]http://advocacy-fund.org

ICO Section 8 Guidance states:

In the case of a company, it is not necessary to provide the full
registered name. It will be acceptable to provide another name
which exists as a real entity, such as a trading name.

Also under the guidance an email address is considered sufficient
under the DPA for an address.

FOR CLARITY:
The Advocacy Fund is the Name of the organisation managed by
Advocati Massa Ltd (Reg In England), who appoints it officers. Both
are Not for Profit Organisations.

Both are real names in law and this FOI request is therefore
compliant
with the FOI Act and section 8 Guidance.

Responses can be made to either

A. The Advocacy Fund.

or

B. The Chairman, The Advocacy Fund

Yours faithfully,

Advocacy Fund

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Date Created:  15/10/2011 03.58 AM
Last Updated:  15/10/2011 03.58 AM
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From: Helen Wilson

14 November 2011

[1][FOI #89796 email]

 

Dear Chairman, Advocacy Fund

 

Please see the response below to your FOI request dated 15th October 
2011. I can confirm that the London Borough of Enfield holds this
information.

 

FOI REQUEST

 

Re: NOTIFICATIONS TO HIGH COMMISSIONS AND EMBASSIES OF CHILDREN IN CARE

    

To ask the Local Authority’s Children’s Services Head of Service:

    

     1. What is the Local Authorities policy for notifying High

     Commissions and Embassies (their Consular Welfare Sections)

     regarding non-UK national children that are?

    

     A. Taken in to Care

     B. Being Adopted

    

     2. What is the Local Authorities policy for enabling High

     Commissions and Embassies Consular Welfare access visits to non-UK

     children in its care and prior to adoption?

    

     3. Has the Local Authority sought any legal or other advice from

     the Foreign and Commonwealth Office regarding High Commissions

     and/or Embassies Consular Welfare visits to non UK children in it’s

     care?

    

     4. Has the Local Authority refused any High Commission or Embassy

     Consular Welfare visits to non UK children in it’s care and if so

     how many?

    

     And

     5. By the Local Authority:

     How many foreign national children have in the last five years:

    

     A. Been taken into Care

     B. Been Adopted

     C. What list of counties were they from

    

     And

     By the Local Authority:

     6. How many High Commissions and Embassies Consular Welfare

     Sections in these cases as in 5. A. & B. above were:

    

     A. Notified

     B. Were not notified

    

     To High Commissions and Embassies Consular Welfare Sections

    

     7. In the cases of doubt regarding nationality and other

     unconfirmed/un verified information such as history what is the

     Local Authorities policy regarding enquiring of High Commissions

     and Embassies for confirmations that may be available outside of

     the UK regarding non UK children in it’s care and prior to

     adoption.

    

     8. What is the Local Authorities Policy regarding non-UK children

     in its care or as adopted being able to ensure their right of

     access to their non-UK Identity and Nationality once they reach age

     16 and should they wish assistance to leave the UK.

 

 

FOI RESPONSE

 

1.         We do not have a policy.

2.         We do not have a policy.

3.         No

4.         No

5.         a) 37

            b) 0

            c) Afghanistan

      Albania

      China

      The Congo

      Ethiopia

      Iran

      Iraq

      Malawi

      Romania

      Russia

      Somalia

      Turkey

      Vietnam

 

6.         We do not keep this data. We would only make contact with High
Commissions and Embassies where we need help or advice with the particular
circumstances          of non UK children in our care.

7.         We seek information from High Commissions and Embassies where
we need it. In the past few years we have contacted Brazilian, Jordanian,
Turkish,           Trinidadian  and Congolese Embassies or High
Commissions for assistance with the individual circumstances of non UK
children in our care.

8.         For 16 year old young people in care, their pathway plan will
cover issues of nationality and any actions required to meet their needs.

            We have no contact with adopted children unless they or their
adopters request our assistance.

 

If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have the
right to ask for an internal review. Internal review requests should be
submitted within two months of the date of receipt of the response to your
original letter and should be addressed to:

 

Helen Wilson

London Borough of Enfield

7th Floor

Civic Centre

Silver Street

Enfield

EN1 3XW

 

Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future
communications. (Ref: FOI11/ECSL/150)

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have
the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a
decision. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: Information
Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9
5AF

 

Yours sincerely,

Helen Wilson

London Borough of Enfield

 

 

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