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The Children’s Homes Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2005

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  1. Introductory Text

  2. PART I GENERAL

    1. 1.Citation and commencement

    2. 2.Interpretation

    3. 3.Excepted establishments

    4. 4.Statement of purpose and children’s guide

    5. 5.Review of the statement of purpose and children’s guide

  3. PART II REGISTERED PERSONS

    1. 6.Fitness of registered provider

    2. 7.Appointment of manager

    3. 8.Fitness of manager

    4. 9.Registered person – general requirements

    5. 10.Notification of offences

  4. PART III CONDUCT OF CHILDREN'S HOMES

    1. CHAPTER 1 Welfare of Children

      1. 11.Promotion of welfare

      2. 12.Child’s placement plan

      3. 13.Food provided for children

      4. 14.Provision of clothing, pocket money and personal necessities

      5. 15.Contact and access to communications

      6. 16.Behaviour management, discipline and restraint

      7. 17.Education, employment and leisure activity

      8. 18.Religious observance

      9. 19.Health needs of children

      10. 20.Medicines

      11. 21.Use of surveillance

      12. 22.Hazards and safety

      13. 23.Complaints and representations

    2. CHAPTER 2 Staffing

      1. 24.Staffing of children’s homes

      2. 25.Fitness of workers

      3. 26.Employment of staff

    3. CHAPTER 3 Records

      1. 27.Children’s case records

      2. 28.Other records

      3. 29.Notifiable events

  5. PART IV PREMISES

    1. 30.Fitness of premises

    2. 31.Fire precautions

  6. PART V MANAGEMENT OF HOMES

    1. 32.Visits by registered provider

    2. 33.Review of quality of care

    3. 34.Regulations and guidance

    4. 35.Financial position

  7. PART VI MISCELLANEOUS

    1. 36.Notice of absence

    2. 37.Notice of changes

    3. 38.Appointment of liquidators etc.

    4. 39.Death of registered person

    5. 40.Offences

    6. 41.Compliance with Regulations

    7. 42.Revocations

  8. Signature

    1. SCHEDULE 1

      MATTERS TO BE INCLUDED IN THE STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

      1. 1.A statement of the overall aims of the children’s home,...

      2. 2.A statement of the facilities and services to be provided...

      3. 3.The name and address of the registered provider, and of...

      4. 4.The relevant qualifications and experience of the registered provider and,...

      5. 5.The number, relevant qualifications and experience of persons working at...

      6. 6.The arrangements for the supervision, training and development of employees....

      7. 7.The organisational structure of the children’s home.

      8. 8.The following particulars – (a) the age-range, sex and numbers...

      9. 9.Any criteria used for admission to the home, including the...

      10. 10.If the children’s home provides or is intended to provide...

      11. 11.A description of the children’s home’s underlying ethos and philosophy,...

      12. 12.The arrangements made to protect and promote the health of...

      13. 13.The arrangements for the promotion of the education of the...

      14. 14.The arrangements to promote children’s participation in recreational, sporting and...

      15. 15.The arrangements made for consultation with the children accommodated about...

      16. 16.The arrangements made for the control, restraint and discipline of...

      17. 17.The arrangements made for child protection and to counter bullying....

      18. 18.The procedure for dealing with any unauthorised absence of a...

      19. 19.A description of any electronic or mechanical means of surveillance...

      20. 20.The fire precautions and associated emergency procedures in the children’s...

      21. 21.The arrangements for the children’s religious observance.

      22. 22.The arrangements for contact between a child and his parents,...

      23. 23.The arrangements for dealing with complaints.

      24. 24.The arrangements for contributing to the review of placement plans...

      25. 25.The type of accommodation, including the sleeping accommodation, provided, and,...

      26. 26.Details of any specific therapeutic techniques used in the home,...

      27. 27.A description of the children’s home’s policy in relation to...

    2. SCHEDULE 2

      INFORMATION AND DOCUMENTS REQUIRED IN RESPECT OF PERSONS SEEKING TO CARRY ON, MANAGE OR WORK AT A CHILDREN'S HOME

      1. 1.Proof of identity including a recent photograph.

      2. 2.Either – (a) where a certificate is required for a...

      3. 3.Two written references, including a reference from the person’s most...

      4. 4.Where a person has previously worked in a position whose...

      5. 5.Documentary evidence of any relevant qualifications and accredited training.

      6. 6.A full employment history, together with a satisfactory written explanation...

      7. 7.In respect of a registered manager to whom regulation 8(2)...

    3. SCHEDULE 3

      INFORMATION TO BE INCLUDED IN THE CASE RECORDS OF CHILDREN ACCOMMODATED IN CHILDREN'S HOMES

      1. 1.The child’s name and any name by which the child...

      2. 2.The child’s date of birth and sex.

      3. 3.The child’s religious persuasion, if any.

      4. 4.A description of the child’s racial origin, cultural and linguistic...

      5. 5.The child’s address immediately prior to entering the home.

      6. 6.The name, address and telephone number of the child’s placing...

      7. 7.The statutory provision (if any) under which he is provided...

      8. 8.The name, address, telephone number and the religious persuasion, if...

      9. 9.The name, address and telephone number of any social worker...

      10. 10.The date and circumstances of all absences of the child...

      11. 11.The date of, and reason for, any visit to the...

      12. 12.A copy of any statement of special educational needs maintained...

      13. 13.The date and circumstances of any measures of control, restraint...

      14. 14.Any special dietary or health needs of the child.

      15. 15.The name, address and telephone number of any school or...

      16. 16.Every school report received in respect of the child while...

      17. 17.Arrangements for, including any restrictions on, contact between the child,...

      18. 18.A copy of any plan for the care of the...

      19. 19.The date and result of any review of the placing...

      20. 20.The name and address of the general practitioner with whom...

      21. 21.Details of any accident or serious illness involving the child...

      22. 22.Details of any immunisation, allergy, or medical examination of the...

      23. 23.Details of any health examination or developmental test conducted with...

      24. 24.Details of any medicines kept for the child in the...

      25. 25.The dates on which any money or valuables are deposited...

      26. 26.The address, and type of establishment or accommodation, to which...

      27. 27.Agreed personal development and training activities.

      28. 28.Record of search of child’s person or property.

    4. SCHEDULE 4

      OTHER RECORDS WITH RESPECT TO CHILDREN'S HOMES

      1. 1.A record in the form of a register showing in...

      2. 2.A record showing in respect of each person working at...

      3. 3.A record of any persons who reside or work at...

      4. 4.A record of all accidents occurring in the children’s home,...

      5. 5.A record of the receipt, disposal and administration of any...

      6. 6.A record of every fire drill, fire alarm test conducted...

      7. 7.A record of all money deposited by a child for...

      8. 8.A record of all valuables deposited by a child and...

      9. 9.Records of all accounts kept in the children’s home.

      10. 10.A record of menus served.

      11. 11.A copy of the staff duty roster of persons working...

      12. 12.A daily log of events occurring in the home.

      13. 13.A record of all visitors to the home and to...

    5. SCHEDULE 5

      EVENTS AND NOTIFICATIONS

    6. SCHEDULE 6

      MATTERS TO BE MONITORED BY THE REGISTERED PERSON

      1. 1.In respect of each child accommodated in the children’s home,...

      2. 2.The deposit and issue of money and other valuables handed...

      3. 3.Daily menus.

      4. 4.All accidents and injuries sustained in the home or by...

      5. 5.Any illnesses of children accommodated in the home.

      6. 6.Complaints in relation to children accommodated in the home and...

      7. 7.Any allegations or suspicions of abuse in respect of children...

      8. 8.Staff recruitment records and conduct of required checks for new...

      9. 9.Visitors to the home and to children in the home....

      10. 10.Notifications of the events listed in Schedule 5.

      11. 11.Any unauthorised absence from the home of a child accommodated...

      12. 12.The use of measures of control, restraint and discipline in...

      13. 13.Risk assessments for health and safety purposes and subsequent action...

      14. 14.Medicines, medical treatment and first aid administered to any child...

      15. 15.Duty rosters of persons working at the home, and the...

      16. 16.The home’s daily log of events.

      17. 17.Fire drills and tests of alarms and of fire equipment....

      18. 18.Records of appraisals of employees and the training and development...

      19. 19.Minutes of staff meetings.

      20. 20.Records of educational progress and attainment of children accommodated in...

  9. Explanatory Note

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