Numbers of and support for asylum seeking, refugee and appeal rights exhausted young people

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Dear Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea,

Request for information about numbers of and support for asylum seeking, refugee and appeal rights exhausted young people including leaving care policies and services.

Background

Tower Hamlets Law Centre, which was established over 30 years ago, provides legal advice and representation, mainly to people who work and live in the borough, but also through a number of London wide and regional services. We focus on work that helps people deal with the causes and symptoms of poverty. This includes Housing, Welfare Benefits, Immigration and Asylum, Education, Employment, Debt, and Community Care law.

We work alongside other law centres across the city to deliver London Council’s youth homelessness advice project, which has developed our expertise in advising young people at risk of homelessness. We specialise in advising young people who have both immigration/asylum and housing needs, including assisting young people to access support from social services when they are leaving care.

We are researching variations between the leaving care services that different London Local Authorities are providing for refugees, asylum seekers and appeal rights exhausted young people (aged 18-21 years, or up to 25 years if in full time education). We hope to identify examples of good and bad practice and to generate a better understanding of leaving care services for this group of young people, with a view to improving the provision.

We would be grateful if you could provide us with responses to the following questions:

1. Statistics on young people

• How many looked after children and care leavers are the responsibility of this local authority?
• How many unaccompanied asylum seeking children (UASC) is this local authority responsible for?
• How many UASC are placed in this borough by other local authorities?
• How many former UASC are receiving leaving care services in this local authority, and of these how many are appeal rights exhausted?
• What percentage of UASC and former UASC have additional needs (e.g. related to disability) and how many of these former UASC are getting support to meet these needs under adult social care legislation?

2. Support for UASC and refugee and asylum seeking care leavers

• Are UASC supported through universal or targeted services (i.e. is there a dedicated Unaccompanied Minors team or are UASC’s social workers working within universal teams)?

• Are refugee and asylum seeking care leavers supported by social workers and personal advisors in universal or specialised teams?

3. Support for Appeal Rights Exhausted young people

• In the last financial year 2011-2012, how many appeal rights exhausted asylum seeking care leavers under 21 years (or 25 years if in full time education) were discharged from Local Authority services?

• How many of the young people referred to in the question above had their support terminated as a result of human rights assessment?

4. Request for Policies and Reports

Please provide copies of the following reports and policies for your Local Authority (as set out in The Children Act 1989 Guidance and Regulations Volume 3: Planning Transition to Adulthood for Care Leavers, including The Care Leavers Regulations 2010, Appendix F):

a) Provision for the allocation of leaving care support to young people who are relevant or former relevant children and the review of pathway plans for these young people
b) Leaving Care Financial Policy
c) Setting up home allowance policy
d) Human Rights assessment procedure and criteria
e) Complaints report

Yours faithfully,

Rosalind Evans

Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Dear Ms. Evans,

                        

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST REF: 2012-715

 

I am writing to confirm that we received your information request on 24
July 2012. For your information and future communications your request has
been allocated the reference number FOI2012-715. Please quote this
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We will consider your request and respond in accordance with the
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respond promptly or at least within 20 working days.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Robin Yu

Information Protection Assistant

Information Governance Team

Information Systems Division (ISD)

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

The Town Hall, Hornton Street, London W8 7NX

Tel: 020 7938 8226

Web: [1]http://www.rbkc.gov.uk

 

 

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Dear Ms. Evans

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST REF: 2012-715

 

I am responding to your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000,
which we received on 24 July 2012, for information held by the Council.
You requested:

 

1. Statistics on young people

    

• How many looked after children and care leavers are the responsibility
of this local authority?

• How many unaccompanied asylum seeking children (UASC) is this local
authority responsible for?

• How many UASC are placed in this borough by other local authorities?

• How many former UASC are receiving leaving care services in this local
authority, and of these how many are appeal rights exhausted?

• What percentage of UASC and former UASC have additional needs  (e.g.
related to disability) and how many of these former UASC are getting
support to meet these needs under adult social care legislation?

    

2. Support for UASC and refugee and asylum seeking care leavers

    

• Are UASC supported through universal or targeted services (i.e. is there
a dedicated Unaccompanied Minors team or are UASC’s social workers working
within universal teams)?

    

• Are refugee and asylum seeking care leavers supported by social workers
and personal advisors in universal or specialised teams?

    

3. Support for Appeal Rights Exhausted young people

    

• In the last financial year 2011-2012, how many appeal rights exhausted
asylum seeking care leavers under 21 years (or 25 years if in full time
education) were discharged from Local Authority services?

    

• How many of the young people referred to in the question above had their
support terminated as a result of human rights assessment?

    

4. Request for Policies and Reports

    

Please provide copies of the following reports and policies for your Local
Authority (as set out in The Children Act 1989 Guidance and Regulations
Volume 3: Planning Transition to Adulthood for Care Leavers, including The
Care Leavers Regulations 2010, Appendix F):

    

a) Provision for the allocation of leaving care support to young people
who are relevant or former relevant children and the review of pathway
plans for these young people

b) Leaving Care Financial Policy

c) Setting up home allowance policy

d) Human Rights assessment procedure and criteria

e) Complaints report

 

Please see attached response and documents.

 

Complaints

 

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Yours sincerely

 

Robin Yu

Information Protection Assistant

Information Governance Team

Information Systems Division (ISD)

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

The Town Hall, Hornton Street, London W8 7NX

Tel: 020 7938 8226

 

Web: [2]http://www.rbkc.gov.uk

 

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