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The Adult Placement Agencies Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2007

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Notification of incidents

33.—(1) The registered person shall notify the Regulation and Improvement Authority and the placing authority if an incident described in paragraph (3) takes place.

(2) That notification must be made within 24 hours of the registered person being informed, or otherwise becoming aware, of the incident.

(3) The incidents are—

(a)the death of any service user, including the circumstances of his death;

(b)the outbreak within the adult placement carer’s home of any infectious disease which, in the opinion of any medical practitioner attending persons in the home, is sufficiently serious to be so notified;

(c)any serious injury to a service user;

(d)any serious illness of a service user;

(e)any event of which the adult placement carer is aware which adversely affects the care, health, welfare or safety of any service user;

(f)any theft or burglary at the adult placement carer’s home;

(g)any incident which—

(i)occurs in connection with the placement; and

(ii)is reported to, or investigated by the police;

(h)any allegation of misconduct by a service user in relation to the adult placement carer or a member of his family;

(i)any unexplained absence of more than 12 hours of a service user from the adult placement carer’s home.

(4) Any notification under this regulation which is given orally shall be confirmed in writing within 3 working days of the oral report.

(5) The registered person must ensure that members of staff are required to inform the registered person forthwith when they become aware of the occurrence of any of the incidents described in paragraph (3).

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