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2. (1) In these Regulations, unless the context otherwise requires–
“the Act” means the Children (Scotland) Act 1995;
“the 1980 Act” means the Education (Scotland) Act 1980(1);
“children’s hearing” has the meaning given to that term by section 93(1) of the Act;
“foster” means arrange for a child to live as a member of the family of a person who is not a parent, does not have parental responsibilities in respect of the child and who is not a relevant person in relation to the child and who undertakes to look after the child other than in accordance with the Adoption Agencies (Scotland) Regulations 1996(2);
“health board” means a health board constituted under section 2 of the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978(3);
“local authority” means a council constituted under section 2 of the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994(4);
“looked after” has in respect of a local authority the meaning given to that term by section 17(6) of the Act;
“parent” has the meaning given to that term by section 15(1) of the Act and also includes any person who is not a parent of the child but who has parental responsibilities in respect of him;
“parental responsibilities” has the meaning given to that term by section 1(3) of the Act;
“placement” means, subject to regulation 17, the provision of accommodation by a local authority for a child looked after by them by any of the means specified in section 26 of the Act;
“Principal Reporter” has the meaning given to that term by section 93(1) of the Act;
“relevant person” has the meaning given to that term by section 93(2)(b) of the Act;
“so far as is reasonably practicable” means in regulations 3(1), 3(2)(a), 6(2) or (4), 7(3)(a) and 13(1) (notwithstanding the use of the word “before” in those provisions) so far as is reasonably practicable before a local authority look after or, as the case may be, place a child, failing which as soon as is reasonably practicable thereafter;
(2) In these Regulations–
(a)any reference to a numbered regulation is to the regulation in these Regulations bearing that number and any reference in a regulation to a numbered paragraph is to the paragraph of that regulation bearing that number; and
(b)any reference to a numbered Schedule is to the Schedule to these Regulations bearing that number.
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