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The Voluntary Adoption Agencies Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2010

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15.  (1)  The registered provider and the manager shall not—

(a)employ a person to work for the purposes of the agency unless that person is fit to work for the purposes of an agency; or

(b)allow a person to whom paragraph (2) applies, to work for the purposes of an agency unless that person is fit to work for the purposes of an agency.

(2) This paragraph applies to any person who is employed by a person other than a registered provider, in a position in which he may be in the course of his duties have regular contact with children who may be, or have been, placed for adoption by the agency.

(3) For the purposes of paragraph (1), a person is not fit to work for the purposes of an agency unless—

(a)he is of integrity and good character;

(b)he has the qualifications, skills and experience necessary for the work he is to perform;

(c)he is physically and mentally fit for the work he is to perform; and

(d)full and satisfactory information is available in relation to him in respect of each of the matters specified in Schedule 2.

(4) The registered provider and the manager shall take reasonable steps to ensure that any person working for the agency who is not employed by the agency and to whom paragraph (2) does not apply is appropriately supervised while carrying out his duties.

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