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The Arrangements for Placement of Children (General) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996

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Regulation 4(1)

SCHEDULE 1Considerations to which responsible authorities are to have regard

1.  In the case of a child who is in care, whether an application should be made to discharge the care order.

2.  Where the responsible authority is an authority, whether the authority should seek a change in the child’s legal status.

3.  Arrangements for contact, and whether there is any need for changes in the arrangements in order to promote contact with the child’s family and others so far as is consistent with his welfare.

4.  The responsible authority’s immediate and long-term arrangements for the child, previous arrangements in respect of the child, and whether a change in those arrangements is needed and consideration of alternative courses of action.

5.  Where the responsible authority is an authority, whether an independent visitor should be appointed if one has not already been appointed.

6.  Whether arrangements need to be made for the time when the child will no longer be looked after by the responsible authority.

7.  Whether plans need to be made to find a permanent substitute family for the child.

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