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

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Regulation 3(2)

SCHEDULE 1Particulars to be taken into account in considering suitability of persons and households

1.  In respect of a person with whom it is proposed a child should be placed—

(a)age;

(b)health;

(c)personality;

(d)marital status and particulars of any previous marriage;

(e)previous experience of looking after and capacity to look after children and capacity to care for the child;

(f)the result of any application to have a child placed with him or to adopt a child or of any application for registration under Article 118 of the Order (registration of child minders and persons providing day care) and details of any prohibition on his acting as a child minder, providing day care, or caring for foster children privately or children in a voluntary or registered children’s home;

(g)details of children in his household, whether living there or not;

(h)religious persuasion and degree of observance, racial origin and cultural and linguistic background;

(i)past and present employment and leisure activities and interests;

(j)details of the living standards and particulars of accommodation of his household; and

(k)subject to the provisions of the Rehabilitation of Offenders (Northern Ireland) Order 1978(1), any criminal conviction.

2.  In respect of members of the household aged 10 and over of a person with whom a child is to be placed, so far as is practicable, all the particulars specified in paragraph 1(a), (b), (c), (d), (f), (i) and (k).

Regulation 7

SCHEDULE 2Particulars on which there should be agreement with the person with whom a child is to be placed

1.  The authority’s plans for the child and the objectives of the placement.

2.  The arrangements for support of the placement.

3.  Arrangements for visiting the child in connection with the supervision of the placement by the person authorised by or on behalf of the authority or area authority, and frequency of visits and reviews of the child’s case under Regulations made under Article 45 of the Order(2) (reviews and representations).

4.  Arrangements for contact, if any, (including prohibition of contact) in pursuance of Article 53 of the Order (parental contact etc. with children in care).

5.  Removal of the child from the placement in the circumstances specified in regulation 11.

6.  The need to notify the authority of relevant changes in circumstances of the person with whom the child is placed, including any intention to change his address, changes in the household in which the child will live and any serious occurrence involving the child such as injury or death.

7.  The provision of a statement concerning the health of the child, the child’s need for health care and surveillance, and the child’s educational needs and the authority’s arrangements to provide for all such needs.

8.  Any arrangements for any delegation and exercise of responsibility for consent to medical examination or treatment.

9.  The need to ensure that any information relating to any child or his family or any other person given in confidence to the person with whom the child is placed in connection with the placement is kept confidential and that such information is not disclosed to any person without the consent of the authority.

10.  The circumstances in which it is necessary to obtain in advance the approval of the authority for the child living, even temporarily, in a household other than the household of the person with whom the child has been placed.

11.  The arrangements for requesting a change in the agreement.

(2)

See the Review of Children’s Cases Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996 (S.R. 1996 No. 461)

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