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

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Regulation 4(2)

SCHEDULE 4Matters to be included in arrangements to accommodate children who are not in care

1.  The type of accommodation to be provided and its address together with the name of any person who will be responsible for the child at that accommodation on behalf of the responsible authority.

2.  The details of any services to be provided for the child.

3.  The respective responsibilities of the responsible authority and—

(a)the child;

(b)any parent of his; and

(c)any person who is not a parent of his but who has parental responsibility for him.

4.  What delegation there has been by the persons referred to in paragraph 3(b) and (c) to the responsible authority of parental responsibility for the child’s day to day care.

5.  The arrangements for involving those persons and the child in decision-making with respect to the child having regard to—

(a)the authority’s duty under Articles 21(6) (involvement of children before provision of accommodation) and 26(1) to (3) of the Order (general duty of authorities in relation to children looked after by them);

(b)the duty of the voluntary organisation under Article 76(1) to (3) of the Order (duties of voluntary organisations); and

(c)the duty of the person carrying on a registered children’s home under Article 92(1) to (3) of the Order (duties of person carrying on a registered children’s home).

6.  The arrangements for contact between the child and—

(a)his parents;

(b)any person who is not a parent of his but who has parental responsibility for him; and

(c)any relative, friend or other person connected with him,

and, if appropriate, the reasons why contact with any such person would not be reasonably practicable or would be inconsistent with the child’s welfare.

7.  The arrangements for notifying changes in arrangements for contact to any of the persons referred to in paragraph 6.

8.  In the case of a child aged 16 or over whether Article 22(5) of the Order (accommodation of a child of 16 or over despite parental opposition) applies.

9.  The expected duration of arrangements and the steps which should apply to bring the arrangements to an end, including arrangements for rehabilitation of the child with the person with whom he was living before the voluntary arrangements were made or some other suitable person, having regard in particular, in the case of an authority looking after a child, to Articles 27(7) (duty to place children where practicable with parents etc.) and 29 of the Order (promotion and maintenance of contact between child and family).

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