§ Lord Hylton
asked Her Majesty's Government:
Whether the safe house for children at risk of trafficking for sexual exploitation, managed by West Sussex social services, is in danger of closing; and, if so, whether they will provide resources to prevent this closure. [HL2530]
§ Baroness Andrews
The Department of Health is aware of the important work undertaken by the West Sussex safe house—a resource for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children for whom West Sussex County Council has responsibility. We understand that a proposal has been put to West Sussex County Council to close the safe house and replace it with training and support packages to carers of young people assessed as being at risk of being trafficked.