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18. Where a care authority has had responsibility for a child by virtue of any of the statutory provisions or arrangements referred to in regulation 17 for 6 weeks or more immediately before the placement, it may place the child in any of the residential placements referred to in regulation 17(1) only if—
(a)it has, as far as reasonably practicable, ascertained the particulars set out in Schedule 2;
(b)it is satisfied that the placement in residential care is appropriate to the child’s needs, having considered the information referred to in paragraph (a) and any other relevant information and having regard to its duty under section 20 of the Act(1); and
(c)it is satisfied that the particular residential placement proposed for the child is appropriate to the child’s needs having regard, where a residential establishment is involved, to the statement of functions and objectives prepared by the managers.
Section 20 was amended by the Children Act 1975, section 79 and by the Health and Social Services and Social Security Adjudications Act 1983, Schedule 2, paragraph 5.
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