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27.—(1) Where any person appointed Chair of a Safeguarding Panel in accordance with regulation 22(a)—
(a)is absent from meetings of the Safeguarding Panel for more than 6 months consecutively, except for an approved reason;
(b)is convicted of an indictable offence;
(c)becomes disqualified for appointment under regulation 5; or
(d)is incapable of carrying out his functions for reasons of ill health;
the Safeguarding Board shall forthwith, by resolution, declare the office to be vacant and thereupon the office shall become vacant.
(2) In paragraph (1)(a) “approved reason” means a reason approved by the Safeguarding Board.
(3) Where the Safeguarding Board is of the opinion that it is not in the interest of, or conducive to the good management of, the Safeguarding Board or any of its committees that the Chair of a Safeguarding Panel should continue to hold office, it may forthwith remove the Chair by giving that person notice in writing to that effect.
(4) Where a person has been appointed Chair of a Safeguarding Panel in accordance with regulation 22(a) and it comes to the notice of the Safeguarding Board that at the time of the appointment that person was disqualified for appointment under regulation 5, it shall forthwith declare that the person in question was not duly appointed and notify him in writing to that effect; and upon receipt of such notification, that person shall be removed and shall cease to act as such Chair of a Safeguarding Panel.
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