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The Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Criminal Justice and Support for Victims) (Independent Guardian) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2016

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4.—(1) A charity which appoints a person as an independent guardian under section 21 of the 2015 Act must—

(a)provide, or secure the provision of, support to the independent guardian; and

(b)make arrangements for the independent guardian to have access to formal supervision, provided once every fourteen days during the first six months from and including the date of appointment, and once per month thereafter.

(2) For the purpose of paragraph (1)(a), support includes—

(a)administrative support, advice and assistance; and

(b)training and development that will enable the independent guardian to—

(i)meet post registration training and learning requirements set by the Northern Ireland Social Care Council;

(ii)become a qualified person as defined in section 84(2)(a) of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999(1) who is regulated at level 2 in accordance with arrangements made for registration by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner under section 85 of, and Schedule 6 to, that Act; and

(iii)enhance their knowledge and skills in relation to the duties of an independent guardian.

(3) In this regulation—

“formal supervision” means one to one supervision, where a senior employee of the charity is given responsibility to work with the independent guardian to oversee, manage or direct the independent guardian to meet organisational, professional and personal objectives; and

“senior employee” means a social worker who has a minimum of five years’ post qualifying experience, including at least one year’s experience of managing or supervising social workers and is of appropriate seniority to undertake management and supervision requirements for the independent guardian.

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