Section 78 Interpretation
184.This section provides definitions for this Part of the Act. Subsection (1) provides that this Part of the Act applies to a child in respect of whom regulated children’s services are provided in Wales. For example, a child accommodated in a children’s home, or in foster care. Subsections (2) to (5) define the term “regulated children’s services in Wales”, and provide further clarification as to who is to be treated as the provider of particular regulated services.
185.Subsection (6) enables the Assembly to provide, in regulations, for the Commissioner to exercise his functions in respect of a matter that occurred prior to the commencement of this Part, and in respect of an adult who was a child receiving relevant services during a prescribed time. This will enable the Commissioner to investigate cases that come to light after his Office is established, even though the events took place prior to that time.