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25.—(1) Subject to paragraph (4), the responsible authority may extend the temporary approval of a connected person if—
(a)it is likely to expire before the full assessment process is completed, or
(b)the connected person, having undergone the full assessment process, is not approved and seeks a review of the decision in accordance with Regulations made under paragraph 12F(1)(b) of Schedule 2 to the 1989 Act(1).
(2) In a case falling within paragraph (1)(a), the responsible authority may extend the temporary approval once for a further period of up to eight weeks.
(3) In a case falling within paragraph (1)(b), the responsible authority may extend the temporary approval until the outcome of the review is known.
(4) Before deciding whether to extend the temporary approval in the circumstances set out in paragraph (1), the responsible authority must first—
(a)consider whether placement with the connected person is still the most appropriate placement available,
(b)seek the views of the fostering panel established by the fostering service provider in accordance with the 2002 Regulations, and
(c)inform the IRO.
(5) A decision to extend temporary approval must be approved by a nominated officer.
(6) If the period of temporary approval and of any extension to that period expires and the connected person has not been approved as a local authority foster parent in accordance with the 2002 Regulations, the responsible authority must terminate the placement after first making other arrangements for C’s accommodation.
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