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Adoption and Children Act (Northern Ireland) 2022

Section 9: General power to regulate adoption agencies

Section 9 enables regulations to be made in respect of adoption agencies (i.e. adoption authorities and appropriate voluntary organisations). Subsection (1) provides a general power to make regulations for any purpose relating to the exercise by adoption agencies of their functions in relation to adoption. Subsection (2) provides that the power to make regulations under section 9 is not limited by the specific powers in sections 10 to 12, 42, 53, 55 to 64 and 102, or by any other powers exercisable in respect of adoption agencies. Subsection (3) enables regulations to be made under this provision to provide that a person who breaches those regulations commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale.

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