Dear Bedford Borough 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 care placements have been sought? (foster, secure, supported accommodation, children’s home)
4. How many children in this cohort have subsequently a) remained in their original placement b) absconded c) are considered missing persons
This information is being requested from each Local Authority area in the UK.
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Dear Rachel Leather
Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No 13289
I refer to your recent enquiry for information held by the Council.
Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must
state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold
the information you requested.
Please find the information you requested enclosed.
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 care placements have been
sought? (foster, secure, supported accommodation, children’s home)
4. How many children in this cohort have subsequently a)
remained in their original placement b) absconded c) are considered
Answer: 2, 3 & 4
Pursuant to Section 17 (1) of the Act the Council
1. States that this is exempt information.
2. Specifies, that the exemption in question is the subject
of an absolute exemption contained within Section 40 (Personal
Information) of the FOI Act (FOIA).
An explanation follows below.
We are unable to provide the exact figure (5 or fewer) or any further
information due to low numbers in the cohort and the possibility of a
child/young person being identifiable
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Freedom of Information Administrator (Children's Services)
Bedford Borough Council, Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford, MK42 9AP
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