Trafficking of children and their subsequent care

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Dear Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council,
Please find below an FOI request relating to the trafficking of children and their subsequent care.

Unseen piloted safe accommodation for potentially trafficked foreign migrant children. The service was developed with local authority, police and governmental partners and was Ofsted registered. Through running this service we became 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.
Yours faithfully,
Unseen (UK)

InformationRights, Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Ms Garbers,

 

 

Thank you for your request for information about Trafficking of children
and their subsequent care, which was received on 03 June 2019.

 

In accordance with provisions within Freedom of Information Act 2000, the
council will respond to your request within 20 working days, saying
whether we have the information that you want, and if there will be any
charges. 

 

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In the meantime, if you need to contact me about your request, please do
so quoting the above reference number.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Fakhara Qanwal

 

Rhonda Gough, Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Ms. Garbers,

 

Freedom of Information Request RFI0808/19

 

Further to your request for information about Trafficking of Children and
their subsequent care, I can tell you the following:

 

 

Unseen piloted safe accommodation for potentially trafficked foreign
migrant children. The service was developed with local authority, police
and governmental partners and was Ofsted registered. Through running this
service we became 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?

 

            There were 25 children in 2018, and all those were internal.

 

2. How many of these children have been non-UK Nationals?

 

            None

3. Of the children identified what type of care placements have been
sought? (foster care, secure, supported accommodation, children's home,
living independently)

 

            The children identified are UK nationals and so have already
got identified care placements.

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)?

 

            N/A as we didn’t have any non-UK nationals.

 

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Yours sincerely,

 

 

 

Rhonda Gough,

Business Support Co-ordinator,

Children's Services,

Walsall MBC,

Education Development Centre,

Pelsall Lane,

Rushall,

Walsall,

WS4 1NG.

 

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