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Act of Sederunt (Sheriff Court Rules Amendment) (Adoption and Children (Scotland) Act 2007) 2009

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Protection of address of child

43.—(1) Where an applicant under this Chapter wishes to prevent the address of the child being disclosed to any person whose consent to the making of an order is required, the applicant may apply to the sheriff clerk for a serial number to be assigned for that purpose.

(2) On receipt of an application under paragraph (1) the sheriff clerk must—

(a)assign a serial number in respect of the child’s address; and

(b)enter a note of the number opposite the child’s address in a register of serial numbers.

(3) The contents of the register of serial numbers and the addresses of the children to whom each number relates shall be treated as confidential by the sheriff clerk and are not to be disclosed to any person other than the sheriff.

(4) Where a serial number has been assigned under paragraph (2), any form of consent to a permanence order—

(a)must refer to the child’s address by means of the serial number assigned to it; and

(b)must specify the year in which and the court by which the serial number was assigned.

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