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The Children (Private Arrangements for Fostering) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996

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Visits to children

3.—(1) An authority shall make arrangements for each child who is privately fostered within its area to be visited by an officer of the authority as the authority considers necessary in order to safeguard and promote the welfare of the child and when reasonably requested by the child or foster parent and in particular—

(a)in the first year of the fostering arrangement, within one week from its beginning and then at intervals of not more than 6 weeks;

(b)in any second or subsequent year, at intervals of not more than 3 months where the authority considers the placement to be satisfactory.

(2) For the purposes of making visits under this regulation the officer shall, if he considers it appropriate, arrange to see the child alone.

(3) The officer shall make a written report to the authority after each visit.

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