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The Child Support(Northern Ireland) Order 1991

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Child support officers

15.—(1) The Department shall appoint persons (to be known as child support officers) for the purpose of exercising functions—

(a)conferred on them by this Order, or by any other statutory provision; or

(b)assigned to them by the Department.

(2) A child support officer may be appointed to perform only such functions as may be specified in his instrument of appointment.

(3) The Department shall appoint a Chief Child Support Officer.

(4) It shall be the duty of the Chief Child Support Officer to—

(a)advise child support officers on the discharge of their functions in relation to making, reviewing or cancelling maintenance assessments;

(b)keep under review the operation of the provision made by or under this Order with respect to making, reviewing or cancelling maintenance assessments; and

(c)report to the Department annually, in writing, on the matters with which the Chief Child Support Officer is concerned.

(5) The Department shall publish, in such manner as it considers appropriate, any report which it receives under paragraph (4)(c).

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