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The Placement of Children with Parents etc. Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996

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Application of Regulations to short-term placements

13.—(1) This regulation applies where an authority has arranged to place a child in a series of short-term placements with the same person and the arrangement is such that no single placement is to last for more than 4 weeks and the total duration of the placements is not to exceed 90 days in any period of 12 months.

(2) Any series of short-term placements to which this regulation applies may be treated as a single placement for the purposes of these Regulations.

(3) Regulation 9(1)(b) shall apply in relation to short-term placements to which this regulation applies as if for paragraph (1)(b)(i) to (iii) of that regulation there were substituted—

(i)on a day when the child is in fact placed (“a placement day”) within the first 7 placement days of a series of short-term placements, and

(ii)thereafter, if the series of short-term placements continues, on placement days falling at intervals of not more than 6 months or, if the interval between placements exceeds 6 months, during the next placement..

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