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(1)Each [F1local authority] in Wales must establish a Local Safeguarding Children Board for their area.
(2)A Board established under this section must include such representative or representatives of—
(a)the authority by which it is established, and
(b)each Board partner of that authority,
as the Assembly may by regulations prescribe.
(3)For the purposes of this section each of the following is a Board partner of a [F1local authority] in Wales—
(a)the chief officer of police for a police area any part of which falls within the area of the authority;
(b)a local probation board for an area any part of which falls within the area of the authority;
[F2(ba)the Secretary of State in relation to his functions under sections 2 and 3 of the Offender Management Act 2007, so far as they are exercisable in relation to Wales;
(bb)any provider of probation services that is required by arrangements under section 3(2) of the Offender Management Act 2007 to act as a Board partner of the authority;]
(c)a youth offending team for an area any part of which falls within the area of the authority;
(d)a Local Health Board for an area any part of which falls within the area of the authority;
(e)an NHS trust providing services in the area of the authority;
(f)the governor of any secure training centre within the area of the authority (or, in the case of a contracted out secure training centre, its director);
(g)the governor of any prison in the area of the authority which ordinarily detains children (or, in the case of a contracted out prison, its director).
(4)Regulations under subsection (2) that make provision in relation to a Board partner referred to in subsection (3)(a) to (c), (f) or (g) may only be made with the consent of the Secretary of State.
(5)A [F1local authority] in Wales must take reasonable steps to ensure that the Local Safeguarding Children Board established by them includes representatives of relevant persons and bodies of such descriptions as may be prescribed by the Assembly in regulations.
(6)A Local Safeguarding Children Board established under this section may also include representatives of such other relevant persons or bodies as the authority by which it is established consider, after consulting their Board partners, should be represented on it.
(7)For the purposes of subsections (5) and (6), relevant persons and bodies are persons and bodies of any nature exercising functions or engaged in activities relating to children in the area of the authority in question.
(8)In the establishment and operation of a Local Safeguarding Children Board under this section—
(a)the authority establishing it must co-operate with each of their Board partners; and
(b)each Board partner must co-operate with the authority.
(9)Two or more [F3local authorities] in Wales may discharge their respective duties under subsection (1) by establishing a Local Safeguarding Children Board for their combined area (and where they do so, any reference in this section and sections 32 to 34 to the authority establishing the Board shall be read as a reference to the authorities establishing it).
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