To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people detained at Napier Barracks in Folkstone have received positive covid-19 tests in the last 14 days; and what steps she is taking to prevent the transmission of covid-19 amongst adults held at Napier Barracks.
21 January 2021
There are currently 381 asylum seekers accommodated at Napier Barracks, Kent. Those we are accommodating are not detained and are free to come and go.
We take the welfare of those in our care seriously and we have robust measures in place to deal with any cases of Covid-19. Our accommodation provider Clearsprings have an outbreak management plan which is enacted if there are positive Covid-19 tests and the Home Office is following national guidance in relation to testing.
Despite our best efforts a number of those accommodated at the site have tested positive for coronavirus and are self-isolating.
Asylum seekers at the barracks must self-isolate if they test positive or have been exposed to someone who has. We are working closely with the local health authority and Public Health England and additional support staff, as well as on site medical staff, are there to ensure that all individuals who have to self-isolate can do so and are following all medical advice.
Regular welfare checks are conducted on service users, including behavioural monitoring of those who show signs of vulnerability, and where appropriate safeguarding referrals are made to relevant bodies.
We work closely with our accommodation providers to ensure that all asylum seekers in supported accommodation are aware of, and have access to, Migrant Help’s helpline. This service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, if service users need help, advice or guidance, including signposting to relevant mental and medical health services.
The Home Office does not publish statistics of service users who refuse fluid or food or have attempted suicide in supported accommodation.