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The Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults (Northern Ireland) Order 2003

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Accredited organisations
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18.—(1) For the purposes of this Chapter, the Department may by regulations provide for the accreditation by or on behalf of the Department of any organisation which is not a child care organisation.

(2) Regulations under paragraph (1) may—

(a)provide for the making of applications for accreditation by organisations and for the information to be provided with such applications;

(b)provide for such applications to be accompanied by such other documents as are prescribed;

(c)prescribe the conditions under which organisations may become or remain accredited;

(d)provide for fees to be payable by organisations in connection with becoming or remaining accredited;

(e)provide for the inspection of accredited organisations (including the power to enter premises);

(f)provide for accreditation to be refused or withdrawn on such grounds as may be prescribed;

(g)provide for organisations to appeal to a Social Care Tribunal against a decision of the Department to refuse or withdraw accreditation.

(3) Subject to such modifications as may be prescribed, this Chapter shall apply to organisations for the time being accredited under this Article as if they were child care organisations.

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