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

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21.—(1) Where—

(a)an individual who is or has been employed in a child care position has been referred by an organisation to the Department for inclusion in the Pre-Employment Consultancy Service Register;

(b)the reference has not been determined at the commencement of Article 4; and

(c)any of the conditions mentioned in paragraph (2), or the condition mentioned in paragraph (3), of that Article was fulfilled in relation to the reference,

that Article shall apply as if the reference had been a reference made by the organisation under paragraph (1) of that Article.

(2) For the purposes of paragraph (1), a reference of an individual for inclusion in that Register is determined only when, following the reference—

(a)the individual is included (otherwise than provisionally) in the Register; or

(b)the Department determines that he should not be included in it.

(3) Nothing in Article 4 shall require a child care organisation to refer an individual to the Department in any case where the dismissal, resignation, retirement, redundancy, transfer or suspension mentioned in that Article took place or, as the case may be, the opinion so mentioned was formed before the commencement of that Article.

(4) Nothing in Article 5 shall require an organisation which carries on an employment agency, nursing agency or employment business to refer a supply worker to the Department in any case where the dismissal, resignation, retirement or redundancy mentioned in that Article took place or, as the case may be, the decision so mentioned was made before the commencement of that Article.

(5) Articles 6, 7 and 9 do not apply to misconduct which occurred before the commencement of those Articles.

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