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Adoption and Children Act (Northern Ireland) 2022

Section 138: Interests of children in proceedings

Section 138 amends Article 60(6) of the Children Order to insert a new sub-paragraph (ha) to provide that applications for the making of a special guardianship order for a child who is the subject of a care order are ‘specified proceedings’. This means that a children’s court guardian will be appointed and the child separately represented in every case (unless the court decides this is unnecessary).

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