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(1)In this Act—
a person under the age of 16, or
a person who is a qualifying young person for the purposes of Part 9 of the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992 or Part 9 of the Social Security Contributions and Benefits (Northern Ireland) Act 1992 (child benefit);
any individual who has parental responsibility for a child, or
any other individual with whom a child resides and who has care of the child;
“prescribed” means prescribed by regulations;
“regulations” means regulations made by the Secretary of State under this Act.
(2)In paragraph (a) of the definition of “parent” in subsection (1), the reference to “parental responsibility”—
(a)in relation to England and Wales, is to be read in accordance with the Children Act 1989,
(b)in relation to Northern Ireland, is to be read in accordance with the Children (Northern Ireland) Order 1995, and
(c)in relation to Scotland, is to be read as a reference to parental responsibilities within the meaning of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995.
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