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8(1)Paragraph 6(1) of Schedule 2 (circumstances in which a person may make a report under paragraph 2 of Schedule 2 only if the person has consulted an approved social worker) has effect as if for “only if the person has consulted an approved social worker.” there were substituted only if— N.I.

(a)the person has consulted an approved social worker, or

(b)the person considers that it is impractical or would involve undesirable delay to consult an approved social worker, the person has consulted a relevant social worker.

(2)A person who in relation to the person's proposal to make a report under paragraph 2 of Schedule 2—

(a)is of the opinion referred to in paragraph 6(1)(b) of Schedule 2 (as inserted by sub-paragraph (1)), and

(b)is proposing to consult a relevant social worker in reliance on that paragraph,

must inform P, and where practicable P's nominated person, of those facts.

(3)A report by a person under paragraph 2 of Schedule 2 who has consulted in reliance on paragraph 6(1)(b) of that Schedule (as inserted by sub-paragraph (1)) must be accompanied by a written statement complying with sub-paragraphs (4) and (5).

(4)The statement must specify—

(a)that the person was of the opinion referred to in paragraph 6(1)(b) of Schedule 2 (as inserted by sub-paragraph (1)) and accordingly consulted a relevant social worker;

(b)that the person has informed P as referred to in sub-paragraph (2);

(c)whether the person has informed P's nominated person as referred to in sub-paragraph (2), and if not, the reasons why it was not practicable to do so.

(5)The statement must contain a summary of the views (if any) expressed by P and P's nominated person.

(6)In this paragraph a “relevant social worker” means a person (other than an approved social worker), who—

(a)is registered as a social worker in the principal part of the register maintained by the Northern Ireland Social Care Council under section 3 of the Health and Personal Social Services Act (Northern Ireland) 2001, and

(b)appears to the person proposing to make the report to have at least 5 years' experience within the 10 years immediately preceding the day on which the report is proposed to be made of working as a social worker in relation to persons who lack capacity; and for this purpose the period of 5 years need not be a single period, or continuous periods, of such experience.

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I1Sch. 11 para. 8 in force at 2.4.2020 by S.R. 2020/58, art. 2(e)

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