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The Refuges for Children (Scotland) Regulations 1996

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2.—(1) In these Regulations, unless the context otherwise requires–

the Act” means the Children (Scotland) Act 1995;

“the 1968 Act” means the Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968(1);

“authorised officer” means a police constable for the time being authorised for the purpose of these Regulations by the chief constable for the police area within which–


a residential establishment which is designated or approved as a refuge in pursuance of section 38(1) (short-term refuges for children at risk of harm) of the Act is situated, or


a household which is designated as a refuge in pursuance of section 38(1)(a)(ii) of the Act is situated;

“responsible person” in relation to a child means–


except where a person has care of the child as mentioned in paragraph (b), (c) or (d) below–


a parent of his;


a person who is not a parent of his, but who has parental responsibility in respect of him; and


any person who ordinarily has charge of, or control over, him;


any person (excluding a local authority) who for the time being has responsibilities as respects the child by virtue of an order made, or authorisation or warrant granted, under Chapter 2, 3 or 4 of Part II of the Act;


any local authority looking after a child in terms of section 17(6) of the Act;


any person (including a local authority) providing accommodation to a child looked after by a local authority by any of the means specified in section 26 of the Act.

(2) In these Regulations any reference to a numbered regulation shall be construed as a reference to the regulation bearing that number in these Regulations.

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