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Regulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Act 2016

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9Fit and proper person: relevant considerations
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(1)This section applies to any decision of the Welsh Ministers as to whether—

(a) a service provider,

(b) a person applying to be a service provider,

(c)a responsible individual, or

(d)a person to be designated as a responsible individual,

is a fit and proper person to be a service provider or, as the case may be, a responsible individual.

(2)In making such a decision the Welsh Ministers must have regard to all matters they think appropriate.

(3)In particular, the Welsh Ministers must have regard to any evidence falling within subsections (4) to (8).

(4)Evidence falls within this subsection if it shows that the person has—

(a)committed—

(i)any offence involving fraud or other dishonesty, violence, firearms or drugs or any offence listed in Schedule 3 to the Sexual Offences Act 2003 (c.42) (offences attracting notification requirements),

(ii)an offence under this Act or regulations made under it,

(iii)an offence under Part 2 of the Care Standards Act 2000 (c.14) or regulations made under it, or

(iv)any other offence which the Welsh Ministers think is relevant, or

(b)practised unlawful discrimination or harassment on the grounds of any characteristic which is a protected characteristic under section 4 of the Equality Act 2010 (c.15), or victimised another person contrary to that Act, in or in connection with the carrying on of any business.

(5)Evidence is within this subsection if—

(a)it shows that any other person associated or formerly associated with the person (whether on a personal, work or other basis) has done any of the things set out in subsection (4), and

(b)it appears to the Welsh Ministers that the evidence is relevant to the question as to whether the person is a fit and proper person to be a service provider or, as the case may be, a responsible individual.

(6)Evidence is within this subsection if it shows that the person has been responsible for, contributed to or facilitated misconduct or mismanagement in the provision—

(a)of a regulated service or a service provided outside Wales which, if provided in Wales, would be a regulated service;

(b)of a service which would have fallen within paragraph (a) had the regulatory system established by this Part been operating at the time the service was being provided.

(7)When having regard to evidence within subsection (6), the Welsh Ministers must, among other things, take account of—

(a)the seriousness and duration of the misconduct or mismanagement;

(b)harm caused to any person, or any evidence of an intent to cause harm;

(c)any financial gain made by the person;

(d)any action taken by the person to remedy the misconduct or mismanagement.

(8)Evidence is within this subsection if it shows that the person has previously failed to comply with—

(a)an undertaking given under section 7(1)(a)(ii) or 11(3)(a)(ii),

(b)a condition imposed under this Part, or

(c)a requirement imposed by regulations under section 27(1) or 28(1).

(9)The Welsh Ministers may by regulations amend this section to vary the evidence to which they must have regard.

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