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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.

Regulation 4(1)

SCHEDULE 2Health considerations to which responsible authorities are to have regard

1.  The child’s state of health.

2.  The child’s health history.

3.  The effect of the child’s health and health history on his development.

4.  Existing arrangements for the child’s medical and dental care and treatment, and health and dental surveillance.

5.  The possible need for an appropriate course of action which should be identified to assist necessary change of such care, treatment or surveillance.

6.  The possible need for preventive measures, such as vaccination and immunisation, and screening for vision and hearing.

Regulation 4(1)

SCHEDULE 3Educational considerations to which responsible authorities are to have regard

1.  The child’s educational history.

2.  The need to achieve continuity in the child’s education.

3.  The need to identify any educational need which the child may have and to take action to meet that need.

The need to carry out any assessment in respect of any special educational need under the Education and Libraries (Northern Ireland) Order 1986(1) and meet any such needs identified in a statement of special educational needs made under Article 31(1) of that Order.

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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