FOI Request - Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children 1
We write to ask that you supply copies of all responses provided by your local authority to the following Home Office correspondence concerning local authority capacity to care for unaccompanied asylum seeking children.
(a) The letter dated 8 September 2016 sent to ‘All Local Council Leaders’ by Robert Goodwill MP, Minister of State for Immigration. This letter had the heading ‘UNACCOMPANIED ASYLUM SEEKING AND REFUGEE CHILDREN’; and
(b) The letter dated 14 October 2016 sent to Local Authority Leaders by the Rt Hon Amber Rudd, Home Secretary, and Edward Timpson MP, Minister of State for Vulnerable Children and Families. This letter had no heading but concerned local authority capacity to care for unaccompanied asylum seeking children and began with ‘At the start of September the Immigration Minister wrote to you to ask you to participate...”; and
(c) Any other request by the Home Office for indications of how many places your local authority would be willing to offer to unaccompanied asylum seeking children under s.67 Immigration Act 2016, ‘the Dubs Amendment’ or under the National Transfer Scheme.
The Moray Council has not yet provided any responses to the correspondence listed.
They are awaiting clarification from the Home Office to issues raised by COSLA about the legality of transfer of children from England to Scotland given the differences in Childcare legislation and awaiting advice on measures being discussed with the Scottish Government COSLA and the Care Inspectorate with regard to a more flexible response to the care of Asylum seeking children. With regard to other schemes being suggested this Council is undertaking a review of our capacity to resettle refugees and unaccompanied asylum seeking children under a range of schemes in addition to our current active participation in the Syrian Resettlement Programme.