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Part IIManagement

Responsibilities and duties

7.—(1) The Board shall have overall responsibility for the management of a centre and shall be accountable to the Secretary of State.

(2) It shall be the responsibility of the Board to maintain efficient standards in the centre which are consistent with the well-being of the children.

(3) It shall be the duty of the Board to ensure that the welfare, education and training of the children and the condition of a centre are satisfactory and for this purpose Board members shall pay visits to the centre.

(4) The Board shall exercise an effective control over all stores, accounting and expenditure.

(5) The Board shall make arrangements for the safekeeping of all registers and records of a centre.

(6) So far as practicable the Board shall meet once each month at the centre for which it has responsibility.

Committees

8.—(1) The Board shall appoint such committees as it considers necessary for the efficient management of a centre and any committee so appointed shall have such powers and duties as the Board may determine.

(2) The Board and any committee appointed by it shall keep records of its business and the records shall be open to inspection by or on behalf of the Secretary of State.

Visits/Inspections

9.—(1) A centre shall be visited once a month by at least one Board member who shall satisfy himself regarding the well-being of the children and inspect the physical fabric of the building, and a written report shall be made to the Board.

(2) The Board shall facilitate an inspection of a centre to be carried out on behalf of the Secretary of State or by any person having statutory authority to carry out an inspection.

Name of a centre

10.  The name of a centre shall be recommended by the Board and shall be subject to approval by the Secretary of State.

Appointment etc of staff

11.—(n1) The Board shall be responsible for the arrangements for the appointment, suspension, disciplining and dismissal of employees of the Board subject, in the case of appointments, to the approval of the Secretary of State.

(2) The arrangements for appointment, suspension, disciplining and dismissal of any Board employee shall be in accordance with procedures approved by the Board which shall comply with all relevant employment legislation.