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Protection of Children Act 1999

Section 12 – Interpretation

22.Section 12 clarifies important features as follows:

Subsection (1) defines the meaning of the principal terms used in the Act ;

Subsection (2) provides that, where an organisation only partly falls to be regarded as coming within the definition of a child care organisation, then only that part should in effect be treated as having to comply with the relevant provisions of the Act;

Subsection (3) forms part of the definition of “child care position” in subsection (2);

Subsection (4) provides that regulations under the Act (e.g. under section 4(1)(b), section 9(2) or (3), andsection 12(1) must be made under the negative procedure.

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