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

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6.—(1) Any person who is, or proposes to be, involved (whether or not directly) in arranging for a child to be fostered privately shall notify the appropriate authority not less than 6, nor more than 13, weeks before the fostering arrangement begins unless the fostering arrangement is made in an emergency in which case the notification shall be not more than 48 hours after the fostering arrangement began.

(2) A parent of a child, and any other person who has parental responsibility for the child, who knows that it is proposed that the child should be fostered privately shall notify the appropriate authority not less than 6, nor more than 13, weeks before the fostering arrangement begins unless the fostering arrangement is made in an emergency in which case the notification shall be not more than 48 hours thereafter.

(3) Any notice under paragraph (1) or (2) shall specify—

(a)the information mentioned in sub-paragraphs (a) to (c) of regulation 4(3);

(b)the arrangements for the care of any brother or sister of the child who is not included in the fostering arrangement;

(c)the name and address of any other person involved (whether or not directly) in the fostering arrangement;

(d)where the notice is given under paragraph (1), the relationship to the child of the person giving the notice and also the information specified in sub-paragraph (d) of regulation 4(3).

(4) Any parent of a privately fostered child, and any other person who has parental responsibility for the child, shall notify the appropriate authority of—

(a)the ending of the fostering arrangement; and

(b)any change in his own address.

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