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[F1(1A)A children's services authority in Wales must, in accordance with regulations made by the Welsh Ministers, prepare and publish a plan setting out the authority's strategy for discharging their functions in relation to children and relevant young persons.
(1B)A children's services authority in Wales must include in their plan—
(a)the arrangements made or to be made under section 25 by the authority;
(b)the children's services authority's strategy under section 2 of the Children and Families (Wales) Measure 2010 (strategies for contributing to the eradication of child poverty).
[F2(c)the scheme for the authority's area under Part 1 of the Mental Health (Wales) Measure 2010.]
(1C)A children's services authority in Wales may include in their plan—
(a)the strategy or proposals in relation to children and relevant young persons of any partner of the authority;
(b)the strategy under section 2 of the Children and Families (Wales) Measure 2010 (strategies for contributing to the eradication of child poverty) of any partner of the authority.
(1D)The powers of a children's services authority in subsection (1C) are subject to any duty imposed in regulations under subsection (2)(a).]
(2)Regulations under this section may in particular make provision as to—
(a)the matters to be dealt with in a plan under this section;
(b)the period to which a plan under this section is to relate;
(c)when and how a plan under this section must be published;
(d)keeping a plan under this section under review;
(e)consultation to be carried out before a plan under this section is published;
(f)implementation of a plan under this section.
(3)The matters for which provision may be made under subsection (2)(a) include in particular—
(a)the arrangements made or to be made under section 25 by a [F3local authority] in Wales;
(b)the strategy or proposals in relation to children and relevant young persons of any [F4partner].
(4)Regulations under this section may require a [F3local authority] in Wales to obtain the Assembly’s approval before publishing a plan under this section; and may provide that the Assembly may modify a plan before approving it.
(5)A [F3local authority] in Wales must have regard to any guidance given to them by the Assembly in relation to how they are to discharge their functions under regulations under this section.
[F5(6)In this section—
“partner” means any person or body with whom a children's services authority in Wales has made an arrangement under section 25;
“relevant young persons” means the persons, in addition to children, in relation to whom arrangements under section 25 may be made.]
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