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Adoption and Children Act (Northern Ireland) 2022

Section 10: Management, etc., of agencies

Section 10 amplifies the general regulation-making power in section 9 in relation to the management and general operation of adoption agencies. Subsection (1) provides for regulations to be made in respect of adoption authorities and appropriate voluntary organisations to ensure that they are suitably managed and staffed, that their premises are fit for the purpose and that adequate arrangements are made for the keeping of information.

Subsection (2) provides that regulations may be made under subsection (1) prohibiting a person's appointment to a prescribed post within an adoption agency unless they are registered in, or in a particular part of, the register maintained under section 3 of the Health and Personal Social Services Act (Northern Ireland) 2001.

The powers in subsection (3) apply only to appropriate voluntary organisations. In the case of adoption authorities, such powers are either inappropriate or unnecessary because any child placed, or authorised to be placed, for adoption by an adoption authority is to be treated as a looked after child. Regulations may be made to ensure that appropriate voluntary organisations are managed by persons who are fit to do so, and for the health and welfare of children placed by appropriate voluntary organisations to be adequately protected. Subsection (3) also provides that regulations may be made imposing requirements regarding the financial position of the organisation and the appointment of a manager.

Subsection (4) sets out that regulations may be made concerning the conduct of appropriate voluntary organisations, including the provision of facilities and services; the keeping of accounts; notification to the RQIA of events occurring in the organisation's premises; notification to the RQIA and making arrangements for the running of the organisation when its manager is absent, and specifying the information to be given in such a notice; changes in the person managing the organisation and changes in its ownership or the identity of its officers, and the payment of a prescribed fee in respect of any notification of change of ownership; and arrangements for dealing with complaints.

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