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The Residential Family Centres (Wales) Regulations 2003

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These Regulations are made under the Care Standards Act 2000 (“the Act”) and apply in relation to residential family centres in Wales. Parts I and II of the Act provide for the National Assembly for Wales, in relation to Wales, to register and inspect establishments and agencies. The Act also provides for the Assembly to make regulations governing the conduct of establishments and agencies in relation to Wales.

Regulation 3 excludes certain establishments from the definition of a residential family centre under section 1 of the Act. These include any establishment which is a health service hospital, independent hospital, independent clinic, care home, hostel or domestic violence refuge.

Under regulation 4, each residential family centre must have a statement of purpose consisting of the matters set out in schedule 1, and a resident’s guide to the centre. The residential family centre must be carried on in a manner which is consistent with the statement of purpose.

Part II makes provision about the persons carrying on or managing the home, and requires satisfactory information to be available in relation to the matters prescribed in schedule 2. Where the provider is an organisation, it must nominate a responsible individual in respect of whom this information must be available (regulation 5). Regulation 6 prescribes the circumstances where a manager must be appointed for the residential family centre, and regulation 8 imposes general requirements in relation to the proper conduct of the residential family centre, and the need for appropriate training.

Part III makes provision about the conduct of residential family centres, in particular as to health and welfare of residents, child protection and the drawing up of placement plans. Provision is also made about the staffing of residential family centres, and the fitness of workers, and about complaints and record keeping.

Part IV makes provision about the suitability of premises, and the fire precautions to be taken. Part V deals with the management of residential family centres. Regulation 23 requires the registered person to review the quality of care provided at the residential family centre. Regulation 24 imposes requirements as to the financial position of the residential family centre. Regulation 25 requires the registered provider to visit the residential family centre as prescribed.

Part VI deals with miscellaneous matters including the giving of notices to the Assembly. Regulation 31 provides for offences, a breach of the regulations specified in regulation 31 may found an offence on the part of the registered person. Regulation 33 amends The Regulation of Social Care and Independent Healthcare (Fees) (Wales) Regulations 2002 by prescribing the annual fee in respect of the registration of residential family centres.

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