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

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Regulation 3(6)(b)

SCHEDULE 2Matters and obligations to be covered in foster care agreements

1.  The amount of support and training to be given to the foster parent.

2.  The procedure for the review of approval of a foster parent.

3.  The procedure in connection with the placement of foster children, and in particular—

(a)the matters to be covered in foster placement agreements and the respective obligations, under any such agreements, of the responsible authority and the foster parent;

(b)the responsible authority’s arrangements for meeting any legal liabilities of the foster parent arising by reason of a placement; and

(c)the procedure available to foster parents for making representations to the authority in whose area that child is placed.

4.  To give written notice to the responsible authority forthwith, with full particulars, of—

(a)any intended change of his address;

(b)any change in the composition of his household;

(c)any other change in his personal circumstances and any other event affecting either his capacity to care for any child placed or the suitability of his household; and

(d)any further request or application of a kind mentioned in paragraph 10 of Schedule 1.

5.  Not to administer corporal punishment to any child placed with him.

6.  To ensure that any information relating to a child placed with him, to the child’s family or to any other person, which has been given to him in confidence in connection with a placement is kept confidential and is not disclosed to any person without the consent of the responsible authority.

7.  To comply with the terms of any foster placement agreement, to care for the child placed with the foster parent as if he were a member of the foster parent’s family and to promote his welfare having regard to the responsible authority’s long and short-term arrangements for the child.

8.  To notify the responsible authority immediately of any serious illness of the child or of any other serious occurrence affecting the child.

9.  Where regulation 7(1) or (2) applies, to allow the child to be removed from the foster parent’s home by the responsible authority or (as the case may be) the area authority.

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