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Children's hearings training resource manual: volume 1

Published: 26 Apr 2013

Volume 1 contains the Children's Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011 and new rules regarding legislation and procedures.

515 page PDF

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515 page PDF

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Contents
Children's hearings training resource manual: volume 1
Appendix 2: Adoption and Children (Scotland) Act 2007 (extracts)

515 page PDF

2.9 MB

Appendix 2: Adoption and Children (Scotland) Act 2007 (extracts)

84 Conditions and considerations applicable to making of order

(1) Except where subsection (2) applies, a permanence order may not be made in respect of a child who is aged 12 or over unless the child consents.

(2) This subsection applies where the court is satisfied that the child is incapable of consenting to the order.

(3) The court may not make a permanence order in respect of a child unless it considers that it would be better for the child that the order be made than that it should not be made.

(4) In considering whether to make a permanence order and, if so, what provision the order should make, the court is to regard the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of the child throughout childhood as the paramount consideration.

(5) Before making a permanence order, the court must-

(a) after taking account of the child's age and maturity, so far as is reasonably practicable-

(i) give the child the opportunity to indicate whether the child wishes to express any views, and

(ii) if the child does so wish, give the child the opportunity to express them,

(b) have regard to-

(i) any such views the child may express,

(ii) the child's religious persuasion, racial origin and cultural and linguistic background, and

(iii) the likely effect on the child of the making of the order, and

(c) be satisfied that-

(i) there is no person who has the right mentioned in subsection (1) (a) of section 2 of the 1995 Act to have the child living with the person or otherwise to regulate the child's residence, or

(ii) where there is such a person, the child's residence with the person is, or is likely to be, seriously detrimental to the welfare of the child.

(6) A child who is aged 12 or over is presumed to be of sufficient age and maturity to form a view for the purposes of subsection (5) (a).

85 Child in respect of whom order may be made

(1) A permanence order may be made in respect of a child who is an adopted child.

(2) A permanence order may not be made in respect of a child who is or has been-

(a) married,

(b) a civil partner.

89 Revocation of supervision requirement S

(1) Subsection (2) applies where-

(a) the child in respect of whom a permanence order is to be made is subject to a supervision requirement, and

(b) the appropriate court is satisfied that, were it to make a permanence order in respect of the child, compulsory measures of supervision in respect of the child would no longer be necessary.

(2) The court must make an order providing that, on the making of the permanence order, the supervision requirement ceases to have effect.

95 Duty of children's hearing to prepare report for court S

(1) Subsection (2) applies where-

(a) an application is made for a permanence order, or variation of such an order, in respect of a child,

(b) the application has not been determined (or, as the case may be, withdrawn or abandoned) , and

(c) a children's hearing proposes to-

(i) make a supervision requirement in respect of the child, or

(ii) modify, under paragraph (c) or (d) of subsection (9) of section 73 of the 1995 Act, a supervision requirement that has been made in respect of the child.

(2) The children's hearing must prepare for the court to which the application has been made a report containing such information as the Scottish Ministers may by regulations prescribe.

(3) In subsection (1) (a) , the reference to variation of a permanence order includes a reference to amendment of the order to include provision granting authority for the child to whom the order relates to be adopted.

96 Application: effect on supervision requirement

(1) Subsection (2) applies where an application is made for a permanence order, or variation of such an order, in respect of a child.

(2) A supervision requirement in respect of the child may not be-

(a) made, or

(b) modified under paragraph (c) or (d) of subsection (9) of section 73 of the 1995 Act,

until the application is determined (or, as the case may be, withdrawn or abandoned).

(3) Subsection (2) does not apply if the court to which the application is made refers the child's case to the Principal Reporter (whether following receipt of a report under section 95 or otherwise).

(4) In subsection (1) , the reference to variation of a permanence order includes a reference to amendment of the order to include provision granting authority for the child to whom the order relates to be adopted.

(5) In subsection (3) , "Principal Reporter" has the same meaning as in Part II of the 1995 Act.

106 Child subject to supervision requirement: duty to refer to Principal Reporter

(1) Subsection (2) applies where-

(a) a child is subject to a supervision requirement,

(b) a registered adoption service is satisfied that the best interests of the child would be served by placing the child for adoption, and

(c) it intends to place the child for adoption.

(2) The registered adoption service must refer the child's case to the Principal Reporter.

(3) The Scottish Ministers may make regulations specifying by reference to the occurrence of an event or events described in the regulations the period of time during which a referral under this section is to be made.

(4) In subsection (2), "Principal Reporter" has the same meaning as in Part II of the 1995 Act.


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