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Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014

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124Arrangements to assist children to live outside England and Wales

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(1)A local authority may only arrange for, or assist in arranging for, a child in its care to live outside England and Wales with the approval of the court.

(2)A local authority may, with the approval of every person who has parental responsibility for the child arrange for, or assist in arranging for, any other child looked after by it to live outside England and Wales.

(3)The court must not give its approval under subsection (1) unless it is satisfied that—

(a)living outside England and Wales would be in the child’s best interests,

(b)suitable arrangements have been, or will be, made for the child’s reception and well-being in the country in which he or she will live,

(c)the child has consented to living in that country, and

(d)every person who has parental responsibility for the child has consented to the child living in that country.

(4)Where the court is satisfied that the child does not have sufficient understanding to give or withhold consent, it may disregard subsection (3)(c) and give its approval if the child is to live in the country concerned with a parent, guardian, special guardian, or other suitable person.

(5)Where a person whose consent is required by subsection (3)(d) fails to give consent, the court may dispense with that person’s consent if it is satisfied that—

(a)the person cannot be found or lacks capacity to give consent, or

(b)the well-being of the child requires the consent to be dispensed with.

(6)Section 85 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002 (which imposes restrictions on taking children out of the United Kingdom) does not apply in the case of a child who is to live outside England and Wales with the approval of the court given under this section.

(7)Where a court decides to give its approval under this section, it may order that its decision is not to have effect during the appeal period.

(8)In subsection (7) “the appeal period” means—

(a)where an appeal is made against the decision, the period between the making of the decision and the determination of the appeal, and

(b)otherwise, the period during which an appeal may be made against the decision.

(9)This section does not apply to a local authority placing a child for adoption with prospective adopters.

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