Short-term Holding Facilities: Children

Home Office written question – answered at on 18 September 2023.

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Photo of Diane Abbott Diane Abbott Independent, Hackney North and Stoke Newington

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department will accept donations of (a) toys for children at her Department 's short-term holding facilities and (b) funds for the express purpose of procuring toys for children staying at such facilities.

Photo of Robert Jenrick Robert Jenrick The Minister for Immigration

Under contractual arrangements Home Office has Mitie Care & Custod provides, toys and games are for children in Short-Term Holding Facilities (STHF).

All local authorities are under a mandatory duty to comply with the National Transfer Scheme, ensuring all local authorities play a part in caring for unaccompanied children and that responsibility is fairly distributed across the UK.

Local authorities have a statutory duty to protect all children.

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