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The Children (Northern Ireland) Order 1995

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Inspection of children’s homes, etc., by Department

149.—(1) The Department may cause to be inspected—

(a)any children’s home;

(b)any premises in which a child who is being looked after by an authority is living;

(c)any premises in which a child who is being accommodated by or on behalf of an education and library board or voluntary organisation is living;

(d)any premises in which a privately fostered child, or child who is treated as a foster child by virtue of Article 114 (application of Part X to certain school children during holidays), is living or in which it is proposed that he will live;

(e)any premises on which any person is acting as a child minder;

(f)any premises with respect to which a person is registered under Article 118(1)(b) (day care);

(g)any of the following if used to accommodate children—

(i)a residential care home,

(ii)a nursing home,

(iii)a hospital (including a private hospital);

(h)any premises which are provided by an authority and in which any service is provided by that authority under Part IV;

(i)any school providing accommodation for any child.

(2) An inspection under this Article shall be conducted by a person authorised to do so by the Department.

(3) An officer of an authority shall not be so authorised except with the consent of that authority.

(4) The Department may require any person mentioned in paragraph (5) to furnish the Department with such information, or allow any person authorised by the Department to inspect such records (in whatever form they are held), relating to—

(a)any premises to which paragraph (1) applies;

(b)any child who is living in any such premises;

(c)any person who is living in or is employed in any such premises;

(d)the discharge by the Department of any of its functions under this Order; or

(e)the discharge by any authority of any of its functions under this Order,

as the Department may at any time direct.

(5) The persons are—

(a)any Board or Health and Social Services trust;

(b)any voluntary organisation;

(c)any person carrying on a children’s home;

(d)any managers of a school;

(e)any person fostering any privately fostered child or providing accommodation for a child on behalf of an authority, an education and library board or a voluntary organisation;

(f)any education and library board providing accommodation for any child;

(g)any person employed in a school at which a child is accommodated by or on behalf of an authority or an education and library board;

(h)any person who is the occupier of any premises in which any person acts as a child minder (within the meaning of Part XI) or provides day care for young children (within the meaning of that Part);

(i)any person carrying on any home or hospital of a kind mentioned in paragraph (1)(g).

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