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Children (Scotland) Act 1995

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17 Duty of local authority to child looked after by them.S

(1)Where a child is looked after by a local authority they shall, in such manner as the Secretary of State may prescribe—

(a)safeguard and promote his welfare (which shall, in the exercise of their duty to him be their paramount concern);

(b)make such use of services available for children cared for by their own parents as appear to the authority reasonable in his case; and

(c)take such steps to promote, on a regular basis, personal relations and direct contact between the child and any person with parental responsibilities in relation to him as appear to them to be, having regard to their duty to him under paragraph (a) above, both practicable and appropriate.

(2)The duty under paragraph (a) of subsection (1) above includes, without prejudice to that paragraph’s generality, the duty of providing advice and assistance with a view to preparing the child for when he is no longer looked after by a local authority.

(3)Before making any decision with respect to a child whom they are looking after, or proposing to look after, a local authority shall, so far as is reasonably practicable, ascertain the views of—

(a)the child;

(b)his parents;

(c)any person who is not a parent of his but who has parental rights in relation to him; and

(d)any other person whose views the authority consider to be relevant,

regarding the matter to be decided.

(4)In making any such decision a local authority shall have regard so far as practicable—

(a)to the views (if he wishes to express them) of the child concerned, taking account of his age and maturity;

(b)to such views of any person mentioned in subsection (3)(b) to (d) above as they have been able to ascertain; and

(c)to the child’s religious persuasion, racial origin and cultural and linguistic background.

(5)If, for the purpose of protecting members of the public from serious harm (whether or not physical harm) a local authority consider it necessary to exercise, in a manner which (but for this paragraph) would not be consistent with their duties under this section, their powers with respect to a child whom they are looking after, they may do so.

(6)Any reference in this Chapter of this Part to a child who is “looked after” by a local authority, is to a child—

(a)for whom they are providing accommodation under section 25 of this Act;

[F1(b)who is subject to a compulsory supervision order or an interim compulsory supervision order and in respect of whom they are the implementation authority (within the meaning of the Children's Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011);]

F2(c). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(d)who is subject to an order in accordance with which, by virtue of regulations made under section 33(1) of this Act [F3or section 190 of the Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011 (asp 1) (effect of Orders made outwith Scotland)], they have [F4responsibilities as respects the child ] [F5; or

(e)in respect of whom a permanence order has, on an application by them under section 80 of the Adoption and Children (Scotland) Act 2007 (asp 4), been made and has not ceased to have effect.]

(7)Regulations made by the Secretary of State under subsection (1) above may, without prejudice to the generality of that subsection, include—

(a)provision as to the circumstances in which the child may be cared for by the child’s own parents; and

(b)procedures which shall be followed in the event of the child’s death.

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C1S. 17(1) applied (1.4.1997) by S.I. 1996/3263, reg. 6(2)

C2S. 17(1)-(5) applied (1.4.1997) by S.I. 1996/3262, reg. 3(2)(b)

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I1S. 17 wholly in force at 1.4.1997; s. 17 not in force at Royal Assent see s. 105(1), s. 17 in force for certain purposes at 12.12.1996 by S.I. 1996/3201, art. 3(1) (with arts. 4-6 (as inserted (7.3.1997) by S.I. 1997/744, art. 3)); s. 17 in force at 1.4.1997 insofar as not already in force by S.I. 1996/3201, art. 3(7) (with arts. 4-6) (as amended (7.3.1997) by S.I. 1997/744, arts. 2, 3)

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