default At home in care: Children living with their birth parents on a Care Order, Project summary

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RES-MCS At home in care research summary.pdf

Research team: Dr Dominic McSherry, Dr Montserrat Fargas Malet & Professor John Pinkerton
It is anticipated that the final report for this study will be available in March/April 2012.
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default Children (1995 Order) (Amendment) (Children's Services Planning) Order (Northern Ireland) 1998

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LEG 98 Children (1995 Order) (Amendment) (Children's Services Planning) Order (NI) 1998.pdf

These regulations, which came into operation on 14 September 1998, insert a new paragraph in Schedule 2  to the Children Order.  The effect of the amendment is to require every Health and Social Services (HSS) Board to preparte and publish a Children's Services Plan for its area. In preparing and updating its plans, an HSS Board must consult with a range of other organisations and bodies.

default Children (Leaving Care) Act (Northern Ireland) 2002

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LEG 02 Children (Leaving Care) Act (Northern Ireland) 2002.pdf

This Act makes substantial amendments to Part IV of the Children Order in respect of children and young people formerly looked after by Health and Social Services Trusts.  It inserts a new Article 34A in the Children Order to restate Trusts' duties towards certain young people aged 16 and over whom they have looked after for a prescribed period ('eligible children').

It inserts new Articles 34B to 34F which impose new duties on Trusts to assess and meet the needs of certain categories of young people aged 16 to 18 formerly in their care ('relevant children').  The Trust must also keep in touch with these young people, appoint a personal advisor for them and prepare a pathway plan for them.  Under Article 34D, the Trust has continuing duties towards those care leavers who are aged 18 and over ('former relevant children') including a duty to provide assistance with employment, education and training.

The Act also replaces Articles 35 and 36 with new Articles 35 and 35A to 35D, which restate the powers and duties of Trusts in respect of all young people leaving the care of Trusts or other establishments.

default Children (Leaving Care) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2005

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LEG 05 Children (Leaving Care) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2005.pdf

These Regulations, which came into operation on 1 September 2005, make provision about support for children and young people aged 16 and over who are, or have been, looked after by a Health and Social Services Trust.

default Children (Parental Responsibility Agreement) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996

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LEG 96 Children (Parental Responsibility Agreement) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996.pdf

A parental responsibility agreement shall be in the form set out in the Schedule.

default Children and Families Bill Research Paper 13/11, House of Commons Library, 14 February 2013

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HOC 13 Children & Families Bill Research Paper 13-11 14 Feb 13.pdf

This paper has been written for the House of Commons Second Reading debate on the Children and Families Bill [Bill 131] on 25 February 2013. The Bill seeks to reform legislation relating to adoption and children in care; aspects of the family justice system; children and young people with special educational needs; the Office of the Children’s Commissioner for England; statutory rights to leave and pay for parents and adopters; time off work for ante-natal care; and the right to request flexible working.

pdf Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 Part 9 Corporate parenting

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Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 Part 9 Corporate parenting.pdf

This guidance provides corporate parents with information and advice about how they should fulfil the duties set out in Part 9 (Corporate Parenting) of the 2014 Act. These duties came into force on 1 April 2015. Subject to specific exemptions, all corporate parents must have regard to this guidance. Compliance will be monitored through reviews of corporate parenting reports (carried out by Scottish Ministers) and independent inspection.

default Children and Young Persons Act (Northern Ireland) 1968

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LEG 68 Children and Young Persons Act (Northern Ireland) 1968.pdf

pdf Contact with Children Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996

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LEG 96 Contact with children regs (NI) 1996.pdf

These Regulations provide for the steps to be taken by an authority which has refused to allow contact between a child in care and his parents and others specified in Article 53(1) of the Children (Northern Ireland) Order 1995 (“the Order”), which include notifying those persons and anyone else whose wishes and feelings the authority considers to be relevant (regulation 2).

pdf Definition of Independent Visitors (Children) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996

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LEG 96 Definition of Independent Visitors (Children) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996.pdf

These Regulations, which came into operation on 4 November 1996, set out the circumstances in which a person appointed as an independent visitor is to be regarded as independent of the Health and Social Services Trust appointing him or her.
 
An independent visitor may be appointed to visit, advise and befriend a child who has had little contact with his or her parents.

default Family Law Act (Northern Ireland) 2001

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LEG 01 Family Law Act (NI) 2001.pdf

This Act makes further provision for the acquisition of parental responsibility under Article 7 of the Children (Northern Ireland) Order 1995; and provides certain presumptions of parentage and for tests to determine parentage.

pdf Guardians Ad Litem (Panel) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996

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LEG 96 Guardians Ad Litem (Panel) Regulation (Northern Ireland) 1996.pdf

These Regulations, which came into operation on 1 May 1996, provide for the establishment of a panel of guardians ad litem.
 
A guardian ad litem (GAL) is an independent person appointed by the court to represent a child's interests in court proceedings.  GALs are appointed by the courts in nearly all public law cases under the Children Order.  They are drawn from a panel of suitably qualified and trained persons and managed by the Northern Ireland Guardian Ad Litem Agency which was specifically created for this purpose.

default Magistrates Courts (Children (Northern Ireland) Order 1995) Rules (Northern Ireland) 1996

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LEG 96 Magistrates Courts (Children (NI) Order 1995) Rules (NI) 1996.pdf

These Rules, which came into operation on 4 November 1996, make provision for applications to a magistrates' court (including a family proceedings court) under the Children Order.

pdf Representations Procedure (Children) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996

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LEG 96 Representations Procedure (Children) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996.pdf

These Regulations, which came into operation on 4 November 1996, set out the procedures to be used by Health and Social Services Trusts in dealing with complaints and representations about the way they are carrying out their functions under Part IV of the Children Order (services to support children and their families).
 

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

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LEG 96 Arrangements for placement of children Regs NI 199.pdf

These Regulations make provision for the arrangements for placement of children by authorities, voluntary organisations and persons carrying on registered children’s homes. These placements are with foster parents, in homes provided by authorities, in voluntary children’s homes or registered children’s homes and under other arrangements.

pdf The Children (Private Arrangements for Fostering) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996

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LEG 96 The Children (Private Arrs for Fostering) Regs .pdf

These Regulations provide for the arrangements for fostering children privately and supplement the provisions contained in Part X of the Children (Northern Ireland) Order 1995 (“the Order”). The Regulations make provision for the matters as to which an authority is required to satisfy itself regarding the welfare of privately fostered children (regulation 2); for the occasions on which an officer of the authority is to visit privately fostered children (regulation 3); as to notifications by prospective and actual foster parents (regulation 4) and by former foster parents (regulation 5); and as to other notifications (regulation 6) and to the form of notifications (regulation 7). Failure to comply with the provisions for notification may be an offence under Article 117(1)(a) of the Order. Articles 108(2) and 112(1) and (2) of the Order are the enabling provisions under which these Regulations are made. They were brought into operation on 18th July 1996 by virtue of Article 2(1) of, and Schedule 1 to, the Children (1995 Order) (Commencement No. 3) Order (Northern Ireland) 1996 (S.R. 1996 No. 297 (C. 17)).

pdf The Children (Secure Accommodation) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996

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LEG 96 Children (Secure Accomm) Regs (NI) 1996.pdf

These Regulations provide for the steps to be taken by an authority which has refused to allow contact between a child in care and his parents and others specified in Article 53(1) of the Children (Northern Ireland) Order 1995 (“the Order”), which include notifying those persons and anyone else whose wishes and feelings the authority considers to be relevant (regulation 2).

pdf The Children's Homes Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996

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LEG 96 Children's Homes Regs (NI) 1996.pdf

These Regulations provide for the conduct of children’s homes. They supersede the existing Regulations relating to voluntary children’s homes, and provide that all types of children’s homes, whether homes provided under Part VII of the Children (Northern Ireland) Order 1995, voluntary homes or registered children’s homes are subject to the same or similar provisions.

pdf The Children's Homes Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2005

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LEG 05 Children's Homes Regs (NI) 2005.pdf

These Regulations are made under the Health and Personal Social Services (Quality, Improvement and Regulation) (Northern Ireland) Order 2003 (“the Order”). Part II of the Order establishes, the Northern Ireland Health and Personal Social Services Regulation and Improvement Authority (“the Regulation and Improvement Authority”) and Part III provides for the registration and inspection of establishments and agencies, including children’s homes, by the Regulation and Improvement Authority. It also provides powers for regulations governing the conduct of establishments and agencies. The majority of Parts II and III of the Order (in so far as not already in operation) will be brought into operation on 1st April 2005.

pdf The Foster Placement (Children) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012

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LEG 12 The Foster Placement Regs (NI) 2012.pdf

These Regulations provide for amendments to the Foster Placement (Children) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996. Regulation 2(1) amends regulation 11(3) of the Foster Placement (Children) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996 by extending the period to complete an initial assessment of a person with whom a child is placed in an emergency situation. The amendment extends the period from 6 weeks to 12 weeks. The purpose of the change is to allow a more realistic timescale for the completion of the initial assessment of a potential carer, which includes an evaluation of the proposed accommodation, access to medical reports, obtaining references and undertaking AccessNI enhanced disclosure checks.