Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC) – self harm

Please provide per year from 2014 – 2018 

1.Your total number of looked after children 

2013- 20142014 – 20152015 – 20162016 – 20172017 – 2018
Number of looked after children1022102910751009986

2.The number of those who arrived in the UK as UASC 

2013- 20142014 – 20152015 – 20162016 – 20172017 – 2018
Number of above as Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC)***28

35

 

*We hold this information but as disclosure may identify individuals this would be unfair to them and be a breach of the first data protection principle. This information is therefore exempt under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 Section 40 (2) Personal Data.

3.The total number of “former relevant children” 

2013 -20142014 – 20152015 – 20162016 – 20172017 – 2018
Former relevant children572565549489455

4.The total number of those who arrived in the UK as UASC 

2013- 20142014 – 20152015 – 20162016 – 20172017 – 2018
Number of above as Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC)977*17

The number of Former Relevant is for the total number of Care Leavers who are “Former Relevant” aged 18-21 inclusive that are entitled to a service from Devon County Council. This does not indicate how many were receiving a service or who are still within Devon area. Figures published in  Children Looked After Returns to Department for Education in 2013-14 and 2014-15 only covered those children  turning 19-21 years of age but, since 2015-16, it has been Former Relevant children turning 18-21 AND Relevant children turning 17 (if they had left care by their 17th birthday).

For questions 3 a and 3 b the data should relate to the status of the individual at the time of the incident and not their current status 

3a. for each of the above, the total number of individuals who committed a deliberate act of self harm, including attempted suicide

3. b. For each of the above, the total number who committed suicide 

To answer these two questions would require a review of each of the cases identified above, a total over 2700 unique cases (note that some children are LAC and Former Relevant in subsequent years). At approximately ten minutes for each case the total time required would be 452 hours, well in excess of the  18 hours allowed under the Freedom of information Act 2000 Section 12 -Cost of Compliance.