Looked after children – asylum seekers

In relation to looked after children:

  1. For the calendar year 2016, how many unaccompanied asylum seeking children looked after by your local authority were a)
Looked after and under 16 years of ageDevon County Council holds this information but to disclose it would potentially identify individuals therefore it is exempt under section 40 of the Freedom of Information Act – Personal Data
Looked after and aged 16 or 17 Sixteen
Care leavers aged 16-21 None

b) And how many looked after unaccompanied asylum seeking children turned 18/left care but did not gain care leaver status?

None

2. How many unaccompanied children did your local authority received under the national transfer scheme in the calendar year 2016?

 Thirteen (13)

3.In the calendar year 2016

a) please provide figures in relation to the numbers of unaccompanied asylum seeking children for whom you:

Looked after unaccompanied asylum seeking children
Funded legal advice We do hold this information but have exempted it from  disclosure under Section 40 of the Freedom of Information Act – Personal Data
Supported to access free legal advice We do hold this information but as it would be  actioned and recorded by individual social workers it would take in excess of 18 hours to locate and collate therefore we have exempted it form disclosure under Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act – Cost of Compliance
Other (please specify) None

b) when determining if a child needs immigration advice do you consult with an

  • in-house legal team
  • external legal counsel
  • case by case basis

Devon County Council consults with external legal counsel when determining if a child needs immigration advice.

  1. Do you have an internal policy, or written guidance outlining how you will facilitate access to immigration legal advice for looked after children in your care? If yes, please attach
 http://devonchildcare.proceduresonline.com/p_uasc.html

 In relation to children in private fostering arrangements and children receiving Section 17 and other forms of family support:

  1. In the calendar year 2016

a) how many children were in private foster arrangements within the local authority?

One hundred and seventy six

b) How many children in private foster arrangements in 2016 became looked after?

Devon County Council holds this information but to disclose it would potentially identify individuals therefore it is exempt under section 40 of the Freedom of Information Act – Personal Data

c) How many children in private foster care arrangements were subject to immigration control?

None

d) Of children in private foster care who were subject to immigration control how many became looked after in 2016?

None

6. In the calendar year of 2016,

a) How many children moved into your local authority to re-join family members under the Dublin III regulations?

None

b) How many of the families in a) are currently receiving support under section 17 of the Children Act 1989?

None

c) How many young people transferred through the Dublin regulations to your area have you subsequently taken into care after family breakdown?

None

7.In the calendar year 2016 please provide figures in relation to the immigration legal advice secured for the below children:

Fund legal adviceSupport to access free legal advice

Other (please specify)

 

Children in private foster care subject to immigration controlNoneNoneNone
Children, subject to immigration control, living with their family and receiving support through section 17 of the Children Act 1989 or other forms of family support.NoneNoneNone
Immigration advice for children who have arrived in your local authority through a Dublin III transferNoneNoneNone
Immigration advice for children who have arrived in your local authority through a Dublin III transfer AND are receiving support through section 17 of the Children Act 1989.NoneNoneNon

8. Do you have an internal policy, or written guidance outlining how you will facilitate access to:

a) Immigration legal advice for children living with their family in your local authority who are receiving support under Section 17 of the Children Act 1989 or other forms of family support? If yes, please attach

http://devonchildcare.proceduresonline.com/p_uasc.html

b) Immigration legal advice for children in private foster care in your local authority? If yes, please attach

We do not hold this information.

In relation to trafficked children:

  1. In the calendar year of 2016,

a) how many referrals did your local authority make to the National Referral Mechanism to report suspected cases of trafficking in relation to children?

DCC have no automated process for extracting this information at Referral Stage.

For 2016/17 DCC identified twenty three children identified as being at  risk of trafficking at Assessment stage out of over five thousand assessments authorised between 1/04/2016 – 31/03/2017. These figures are provisional subject to the completion of our Annual DfE CIN Census Statutory Return published in October/November of each year.

For details on previous years please see link below :-https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/statistics-children-in-need

b) how many of these referrals were for children subject to immigration control?

None.