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The Foster Placement (Children) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996

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Circumstances necessitating visits by authorities

15.—(1) Subject to paragraph (2), every authority shall arrange for one of its officers to visit every child who is accommodated with a foster parent within its area by or on behalf of a voluntary organisation in any of the following circumstances and within the periods specified—

(a)within 28 days of the placement with the foster parent;

(b)where the voluntary organisation which made the placement with the foster parent makes representations to the authority that there are circumstances relating to the child which require a visit, within 14 days of the receipt of the representations;

(c)where the authority is informed that the welfare of the child may not be being safeguarded or promoted, as soon as is reasonably practicable but in any event within 7 days of being informed; or

(d)where the authority is satisfied, following a visit to a child under this regulation in respect of a placement with a foster parent, that the child’s welfare is being safeguarded and promoted, at intervals of not more than 6 months.

(2) This regulation shall not apply to children in respect of whom an authority has made arrangements under regulation 8.

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