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Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Act 2018

Section 42 - Duty to keep individual development plans for detained persons

110.If a detained person had an IDP immediately before becoming detained, or one is prepared during their detention by the home authority in preparation for their release (under section 40), unless the person is a young person who does not consent to it, section 42 places a duty on the home authority to keep the IDP while the person is detained in relevant youth accommodation. This is different from the duty to maintain an IDP, which involves the body maintaining it being required, amongst other things, to secure the ALP set out in it. By contrast, keeping an IDP simply involves keeping it (but not reviewing it) and arranging for ‘appropriate ALP’ to be provided to the detained person whilst so detained (subsection (8)). Appropriate ALP is the ALP set out in the IDP, or if that is not practicable, educational provision which corresponds as closely as possible to it, or, where the ALP in the plan is no longer appropriate, ALP which the home authority considers appropriate (subsection (9)).

111.A home authority will only be responsible for keeping an IDP previously maintained by another body or authority once the fact that an IDP was being maintained is brought to their attention (subsection (5)).

112.The detained child and their parent, or the detained young person must be informed by the home authority if an IDP is being kept and a copy of it given to the person in charge of the relevant youth accommodation (subsections (6) – (7)). See sections 84 and 85 in respect of the requirement to inform a child.

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