Dear Epping Forest District Council,
Please find below an FOI request relating to the trafficking of children and their subsequent care.
Unseen is providing safe accommodation for potentially trafficked foreign migrant children. The service has been developed with local authority, police and governmental partners and is Ofsted registered. Through running this service we have become aware of some systemic barriers that fundamentally prevent children from accessing the care and protection they need.
We would like to know, for each local authority in the UK:
1. How many potentially trafficked children you have identified in the last 12 months?
2. How many of these children have been non-UK Nationals?
3. Of the children identified what type of care placements have been sought? (foster care, secure, supported accommodation, children’s home, living independently)
4. How many children in this cohort have subsequently a) remained in their original placement b) moved to a different placement c) gone missing short-term (72 hours or less) or d) gone missing long-term (over 72 hours)?
This information is being requested from each Local Authority area in the UK.
I refer to your recent Freedom of Information request.
The information that you have requested is not held by Epping Forest
District Council. Children’s care services and provision within the Epping
Forest District are the responsibility of Essex County Council, who may
hold the information that you are seeking. If you have not already done
so, you may therefore wish to contact the County Council at:
If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your Freedom of Information
request by Epping Forest District Council, you have the right to ask for
an internal review. Internal review requests should be submitted within
two months of the date of your receipt of this response to your request
and should be addressed to: Mr S Hill, Service Director (Governance and
Member Services), Epping Forest District Council, Civic Offices, Epping,
Essex CM16 4BZ.
If you are not content with the outcome of an internal review, you have
the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a further
review of the Council’s response to your request. The Information
Commissioner can be contacted at: Information Commissioner’s Office,
Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF.
Freedom of Information Officer
Epping Forest District Council,
Essex, CM16 4BZ.
( (01992) 564180
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