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The Adoption Agencies (Wales) Regulations 2005

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Requirement to prepare a written report for the adoption panel

17.—(1) Where the adoption agency consider in light of all the information obtained by virtue of regulations 12 to 16 that adoption is the preferred option for permanence for the child, the agency must prepare a written report which must include —

(a)the information about the child and the child’s family as specified in Parts 1, 3 and 4 of Schedule 1;

(b)a summary, written by the agency’s medical adviser, of the child’s state of health, the child’s health history and any need for health care which might arise in the future;

(c)the wishes and feelings of the child regarding the matters set out in regulation 13(1)(c);

(d)the wishes and feelings of the child’s parent or guardian, and where regulation 14(2) applies, the child’s father, and any other person the agency considers relevant, regarding the matters set out in regulation 14(1)(c);

(e)the views of the agency about the child’s need for contact with the child’s parent or guardian or other relative or with any other person the agency considers relevant (including the child’s father where regulation 14(2) applies) and the arrangements the agency proposes to make for allowing any person contact with the child;

(f)an assessment of the child’s emotional and behavioural development and any related needs;

(g)an assessment of the parenting capacity of the child’s parent or guardian, and if regulation 14(2) applies, the child’s father;

(h)a chronology of the decisions and actions taken by the agency with respect to the child;

(i)an analysis of the options for the future care of the child which have been considered by the agency and why placement for adoption is considered the preferred option; and

(j)any other information which the agency considers relevant.

(2) The adoption agency must send the written report together with the other reports required by virtue of regulations 15 and 16 to the adoption panel.

(3) The adoption agency must obtain, so far as is reasonably practicable, any other relevant information which may be requested by the adoption panel and send that information to the panel.

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